When Rat Pack singers croon about "strangers in the night," it sounds so romantic.But in the online dating world, meeting strangers can be scary and poses a whole host of challenges, among them money scams and identity theft. The Internet has become the second most common way to find a partner, the first being introduced through a friend. An increasing number of single Americans meet their significant other online: 20 million people visit a dating site at least once a month, and it’s estimated that online dating is responsible for 120,000 marriages a year.As mobile dating proliferates, the focus no longer is just on daters leery of scams or sexual predators, but on keeping their locations confidential."This stuff is advancing at a faster and faster rate, and we've got to try and catch up," Franken says.
Keep on the lookout for hardship stories: This person should be courting you, not asking for an emergency handout! Upload a potential date's photograph on Tin Eye, which will let you see where else on the Internet the photo has appeared. Their messages are filled with bad grammar and often have an odd tone.These include companies checking subscribers against national sex offender registries and providing a rapid abuse reporting system for members.However, cyberdating expert Julie Spira of Los Angeles says such reports are sometimes little more than revenge."When people get reported, sometimes it's because they got jilted," she says.And despite enjoying a handful of dates, 24-year old Patricia B.feels that online dating is "a little bit like picking someone out of a catalog.
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