Many women use online dating websites with the hope that they will find Mr. Right.
But is this the best method to meet decent men?
Not according to the Federal Trade Commission who warns of internet dating scams against women.
The question is could it happen to you, the answer is absolutely yes, it could very well happen to you.
It happens day in and day out to women just like you.
Most recently the Vancouver police issued a warning about a man who allegedly steals a woman’s heart and then proceeds to steal her car or more.
An arrest warrant was issued for Thomas James Newman who reportedly used a dating website to meet a woman on Jan. 9, 2011 and then made off with her vehicle.
The police said that Newman who is 36, has a criminal record and might be linked to at least five other similar date steal and run cases.
It is reported that the man responsible for the thefts uses his charm and good looks to lure his victims to unknowingly participate in his internet dating scams.
At the end of the dates these women discover that items are missing, such as expensive electronic devices including laptop computers.
Prior to this latest alleged car theft Newman is wanted on a warrant for theft of over $5,000 dollars.
He has not been convicted of any of the offenses at this time. In fact the police have not found him but are still looking for him.
Police are warning women online dating sites to be watchful for predators who masquerade as good guys looking for romance.
They caution when meeting a man you met on a dating website you should meet in public places until you get to know the other person is who he says he is.
Last month a new Dating Safety Act came into effect in New York State, which among other things requires dating sites to post safety tips for users on their pages to help prevent some of the internet scammers.
New Jersey, which passed a similar law a few years ago, requires membership dating sites with fees to clarify whether or not they conduct background checks when people sign up hoping that could result in a safer online dating experience.
Reality is that these membership sites have no intention to do background checks on members.
They are in business to make money which is through acquiring more members.
Background checks are not required by law and would be ineffective given anyone can claim to be someone else online.
When using internet dating sites for safety purposes it is recommended that you do not use your real name and do not use your home phone number because anyone can find out your address with a reverse phone look up.
It is also suggested you use a separate email address for your communication.
Never give out any personal information until you know the guy you have met is trustworthy.
So when you think about it nobody is who they say they are online.
No wonder so many people lie about their age weight and martial status.
What is wrong with just a few more lies right?
When you weigh the risks of online dating matchmaking, compared to all the other safe and successful ways to meet decent men, why would any intelligent woman want to use these dating sites?
And listen to this data from a survey of more than 3,000 Americans with romantic partners:
They concluded that among heterosexual couples who met in 2009 the internet had become the third most common way of making initial contact.
And that placed it behind introductions from friends, however, closer to encounters in bars and restaurants.
Let me clarify this, according to this study. Internet dating is the third most successful way to meet a romantic partner.
The number one way to meet the love of your life is through friends and family and the number two or second way to meet men is at bars and restaurants.
So if you have thought that internet dating scams couldn’t happen to you, this article is intended to shed some light of the potential dangers when dating online.
There are so many safe and successful ways of meeting Mr. Right that internet dating should be taken off your list.
Although I am not a fan of online dating many women still view this as an easy way to meet Mr. Right.
The most common question asked is, “How do you create the best dating profile for women over 40?”
I would love to hear your experience with online dating, please leave me a comment on the blog!
Dating Coach For Women Past 40
P.S. Now that you know about internet dating scams and the hazards of online dating, what can you do to meet quality men?