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.
Though it is one of the fastest-growing ways for singles to meet each other and form lasting relationships, there are definitely those who use the sites for dishonest purposes.
With this in mind we’ve compiled this list of nine of the biggest online dating red flags and online dating scams uncovered in recent years.
Have you received a long email detailing how much someone you’ve just been matched with has been “waiting for someone like you forever”?
This is a chief online dating red flag to worry about, as emotional instability is potentially a symptom of a greater mental disorder.
If a dating site asks you questions like these, steer clear!
You probably have heard stories about first dates ending before they even began because the other person wanted to meet somewhere completely inappropriate.
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.
Some dating sites offer flagging options that will allow you to alert moderators of someone who seems dangerous to you or your family.
Some free online dating sites may seem legitimate at first glance, but will reveal their true colors once you’ve been a member for a while.
Most dating sites offer a block button and this is definitely a situation in which you should use it.
Weird timing rules are a red flag for a couple of reasons.