Right away, they ask for a Yahoo address, or send me a link to look at their "photos." Yesterday, 6/8 2012, I received a dozen or so messages from a site called in the first place.
So the moral of the online dating story is:1.) Be sure to think long and hard before jumping headfirst into a dating site.2.) Before joining, be sure you are fully aware of the sites reimbursement and cancellation clauses.3.) Be sure to not let any scam, whether it be by a dating site or any other entity, go unchallenged. It's both the most coveted and elusive emotion of all time.
This is an ideal situation for the Internet scammer, as they typically count on people to be preoccupied with achieving positive online dating results.
The 2011 Internet Crime Report consisted of 314,246 complaints last year.
Common crimes in dating site scams include users being asked for money.
Both men and women have reported being asked for plane tickets, so the online companion can visit, and thrust the relationship towards a face-to-face interaction.
Under new regulations recently enacted in California, dating sites like Sparks Networks, have agreed to start using background checks on its sites, and other dating sites will soon do the same. I belong to a few other sites and it's the same thing.
The background check will search if users had past identity theft crimes, sexual assault cases or records of violence. Harris also said the sites will have "rapid abuse reporting systems," which is a safety tutorial that shows people how to avoid romance scams and how to meet people offline in a safe manner. I want to cancel my membership, and i would also like to see if i could get some of my money back.
But in the last decade or so, the game of looking for love has gotten some new rules, with the venue moving from the bar world to the the cyber world.
Instead of men searching for the right verbal approach, many now search for the right photo to put on their profile page.
If a retail site requests personal information, most are reluctant to give it.