Online dating services has gained reputation and loyal following among single men and women in the last decade, simply because they make dating more interesting less the pressure of a face-to-face hook ups and of course, the cost. Likewise, online dating services allows you to meet many potential dates not limited to just a local area, but the service encourages you to really expand your horizon.
However, of late, the proliferation of scammers is giving the online dating industry a bad name. Scammers are time wasters. You seek the services of online dating sites with hope that you’d meet someone and for what have you – not to be scammed for money, or become a victim of identity theft or account hack. When this happens, you begin to lose trust in the system. We see a lot of scammers hanging around in free online dating sites. It seems like they are welcome there as guests, taking time studying their next prey. In fact some scams are too elaborate, the way they work obviously shows they are well-planned that may not even be just an individual work, but a scam group as well.
Why are there more scammers in free online dating sites? Let’s check out the reasons one by one.
Personal Profile is open to everyone to see
When we sign up, it’s customary that we brush up our profiles for the best we can. We do this for the simple reason that we want to get noticed. We somehow put in there as much information that is considered “giveaways” for scammers like where we work, what we do at work, where we live, our interests and everything else in between. If you’d think about it, these data help paint the picture, so to speak, of how the scammer can penetrate us in our private emails or even our own account. In any online dating site we cannot discount the fact that some members aren’t exactly who they pose to be. They’ll work on creating their bogus accounts now and just manage to be honest later when the situation calls for it.
So as a warning, downplay your profile a bit, leave out the juicy details about yourself and just save for later conversation with a real potential date. Besides, too brushed-up profile seems intimidating too, ladies may just back off a little thinking that with your high profile, you may be a person that’s hard to please.
Free access to anyone you want to contact
This feature is one of the best come-ons of a free online dating site. This is also the feature where other sites charge you fees for. While some love it that it is free to instantly contact anyone you like on the site, there is a great disadvantage to that too. And this is what scammers like. This means email scam campaign and later access to your own account. Some classic scam would be posing as a “match” or potential date, engaging you in chat or email, then later share you some sad stories, and still later, would start asking (or begging) for money.
How to avoid this scam: Simply filter your emails and find out who is this person trying to contact you. Don’t be too eager to get engaged right away simply because she sent you a super-hot photo or she’s showing interest to you. It pays to know that there are more scammers out there than real ones. So don’t be a willing victim of these scammers by being too naïve.
“Free” means not enough money coming in to fund a unique anti-scam technology
Quite obviously, having more than a thousand community members in a free online dating site is no joke. As much as the site owners want to screen all members and their pattern of online activities (from chat, to video messaging, to private or instant messaging) it is just not possible. This calls for a system that can track these usage patterns that can help signal if an activity if one member is becoming suspicious. And this system will cost money.
Unless the site owner solicits enough revenue from advertisers on the site then funding this anti-scam technology would possible. Otherwise, each and every member will have to do his or her part in learning not to fall prey of scams.
Online dating services have advantages and disadvantages; but even with the disadvantages, the system works for a lot of people. Don’t be disheartened by the works of the scammers on these sites because they’re present to just about anywhere in the digital world. The important thing is to be alert and pay close attention to your online dealings especially in online dating services.