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Online Dating Sites: Don't Get Scammed

Jan 15, 2008
If you think that an online dating site is your best solution to find your real match, well, it may be true, but also know that some sites today are actually scams, and cannot be totally trusted. Still there are plenty to help you find "the right one".

Online dating sites have turned into a popular trend, so each year more and more online dating sites appear. There are so many to choose from where you can meet great people and have fun.

Try reviewing multiple site by using the free membership services which most offer. In the process, you'll find out whether they are real, actual sites, or just a scam. As a free member, you can try out the search and browse features, and sometimes even upload a profile.

The profile asks you to answer some questions about yourself. After you upload it, other members can browse it. Then they can communicate with you through the messaging features of the dating site. You will receive these messages in the email that you have provided.

At first, you will see many apparently different responses from different members, making you think that the dating site you have signed up is genuine. You might assume these are real people responding to you, but you may learn in the process that these people are scam artists. You have wasted money in paying your monthly joining fee.

If you are using a relatively unknown site, you may want to hold off completing your profile. You can keep some or most the information blank. You may still receive responses from the so-called members. You'll see that if you are going to respond, you need to join the site and pay the necessary fees. Fake profiles on the site are sometimes one way they make you believe they have great members, and tempt you to spend your cash.

Here are some ways to find genuine online dating sites:

- You can post your specification regarding the type of person that you want to communicate with. Some services offered are run by subscription. You need to file an application if you wanted to participate. You are selected if you meet their guidelines.

- Stick with a larger, well known dating site. You might think you can save on fees by joining smaller communities, but the features and security are worth the extra cost, not to mention that you have millions more members to choose from.

- Visit a site with reviews and comparisons of different top sites, so you can see screened online dating sites to choose from.

- Try some of the free services offered by these site. There should be no pressure to join, but realize that some features are only going to be available to paying members.

How good an online dating sites is will vary depending on the person's personality and the type of person they want to meet. Be sure to visit, review and test out any site before posting detailed personal information, or paying a lot of cash up front.
About the Author
Sue Calhoun writes on dating topics all over the Web. Find reviews of the best dating sites and hottest new dating specials at http://www.online-dating-connection.com.
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