Navigating the world of Internet dating can be an exciting and fun way to meet potential partners.
However, you might quickly discover that some things are not what they seem on certain sites and profiles.
When it comes to online dating, honesty is always the best policy and you should expect it from your dates and the sites you find them on.
Some users might feel it necessary to request any and all potential dates are “420 friendly” or otherwise inclined to participate in recreational drug use.
If you find yourself on a less well-known dating site where each profile features a more attractive person than the last and everyone seems to be an expert at photo retouching, it’s likely that you’re about to fall victim to a scam.
Someone who insists on meeting at his or her home or someplace secluded doesn’t have very much respect for your safety and security, even if they don’t mean you any harm.
Fake profiles are generally used to mine information from unsuspecting singles, or to convince you to download malware (generally disguised as a photo file) that will steal your data and put you at risk.
Individual profiles are often used by scammers, but even worse are entire websites created for the same purpose.
A popular scam involves sites that ask you to create a profile specifically to mine your information.
You know those security questions on bank websites about your mother’s maiden name or your first school?