Some are interested in online “sexting” (suggestive texting or nude visual content for the purpose of sexual arousal) and will try to convince you to provide explicit photos or engage in erotic conversation.Some prefer to remain anonymous because they are seeking an extramarital affair and do not wish to be identified by neightbors, colleagues, friends etc. an 80 year old man posing as a heterosexual 21 year old male to a straight female college student.The Federal Trade Commission estimates that the identities of up to 9 million Americans are stolen annually.The Consumer Reports National Research Center puts that figure even higher, saying that nearly 16 million American households were victims of identity theft during the past year.Online dating services offer a convenient and personalized way to meet that special someone.But along with matchmaking possibilities, these websites can provide an avenue for thieves to steal your identity and wreak havoc with more than your love life.
According to e Harmony, 40% of Americans use online dating sites, 49 million people have tried online dating with 17% of all marriages beginning there. While most profiles are legitimate there are some that are not. According to more than half of all profiles contain some element of deception.
I’ve known many happy couples that have dated, even found their life partner on such sites. For example, more than 20% of women post pictures from when they were younger and 40% of men lie about their jobs.