So, how can singles wade through the muck and find true love?It’s not as simple as some online dating services claim it is.You Get What You Pay For It seems the “free” membership sites tend to be the ones most likely to have more fake profiles on them.Though, recently, I learned that averages 10 percent paid profiles and 90 percent free profiles.The pictures you were sent were most likely phony lifted from other websites.
Verified, Schmerified Beware of the “verified” profiles that some sites tout.In addition to losing your money to someone who had no intention of ever visiting you, you may also have unknowingly taken part in a money laundering scheme by cashing phony checks and sending the money overseas and by shipping stolen merchandise (the forwarded package).In another recently reported dating extortion scam, victims usually met someone on an online dating site and then were asked to move the conversation to a particular social networking site, where the talk often turned intimate.There will be more hardships that only you can help alleviate with your financial gifts.He may also send you checks to cash since he’s out of the country and can’t cash them himself, or he may ask you to forward him a package. You were targeted by criminals, probably based on personal information you uploaded on dating or social media sites.Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims.They create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love.they’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but at a price.A Singles’ Dating Convention member sent this to me: “I’ve recently joined a different singles’ site and am running into the same issue I’ve had with the previous ones I’ve been involved in.It seems that somehow my profile targets only those that are looking for money, or are spam. For example, the other night I got a message from a lady on Plenty Of and responded to her and then she quickly responded giving me her Yahoo screen name to IM her.After a little while of chatting and waiting and waiting for responses, My response: Unfortunately, you’re running into the sad situation that is online dating.