While we’re on the topic of fake profiles, let’s talk about the rise in scams.A recent British study found that, in just the United Kingdom alone, online dating scams clobber 230,000 people a year, with a total damage of billion per year.So if you’re new to online dating, prepare yourself for disappointment.And don’t take it personally if most of the people you message never reply since they may be not even be real. There are some sketchy people out there, and the online dating sites can’t do much about them.Using his background in screenwriting (i.e., writing ), he will adopt your personality and make sure your online persona is the Casanova your real self could never be.(Hopefully, he’ll cut out the part where you’re unbelievably boring and socially inept, hence your need to hire him in the first place.) And once he’s set up a date, he’ll give you all the information you need on the woman “you’ve” been corresponding with. And don’t forget, she thinks you’re fluent in five different romance languages.And this is exactly what happens on an online dating site.You want to meet someone who’s a good match for you – someone you can truly connect with. But, the problem is, there are just too many damned dating profiles out there.
OKCupid was acquired by Match in 2011, and that article has since been taken down (for obvious reasons).
If you don’t want to click the link, here’s a quick summary of the report: “Use some goddamned common sense.” Okay, so you probably figure you’re neither dumb nor desperate enough to fall for scams like these. Woo hoo, score one victory for the online dater, right? Hailing down on their own parade, Match admitted that the background checks may do little good.
And hey, mad props to you for being such an exemplary case of human savvy. As a site representative put it, while “these checks may help in certain instances, they remain highly flawed, and it is critical that this effort does not provide a false sense of security to our members.” Thanks, Match. Or was this a subtle “fuck off” to all your dissatisfied daters? Just be wary of the human scum you may come across. The person you meet may not be the person you were corresponding with.
One suit went as far as to accuse Match of employing shills to entice members to renew their subscriptions.
These cases were all dismissed or dropped, but the most recent one in 2011 did produce disheartening results (well, disheartening for online daters – the results were great for Match).