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.
All dating websites will ask for a certain amount of information in order to match you successfully with people who will hold your interest.
However, this information will generally be limited to personality details and interests rather than financial information or anything that might be useful to someone wishing to steal your identity.
She had emailed her phone number but told Dave he could not call her, saying "my phone doesn't accept international calls".
Although she said she was 32 years old, the pictures she sent appeared to be of a much younger woman.
It's a heartbreaking reminder that it's impossible to truly know who you might be communicating with online.
The woman sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to someone who doesn't even exist, sending shockwaves through the Troy community."Wow, that's scary," Carol Corbin said."I mean, I would think twice before I gave somebody that much money."Troy police have never had a scam in which so much money was stolen, and it's the talk of the town."I'm not that trusting," Corbin said.But police said the 58-year-old grandmother was that trusting, and perhaps lonely.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?Unusually for someone her age, Aleksandra had no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.