There are several on-line dating websites out there. Your choice
is all about your preference. I prefer paid rather than free. The men seem more serious on paid sites. With that said there
are scammers and married men on all sites and there are sure-fire ways to see if someone is a scammer or married.
The first important tip is if a man asks you to correspond outside of the website by personal email, chances are
he is a scammer. These scammers get your email address and then they send you an email that is corrupted. If you open it they
can overtake your computer and your personal information, which can include your bank information. Never, ever give anyone
your email address.
The next important tip is if a man or woman wants to talk with you, get
his number and don't give your number to him. Once you have the number there is a website called "checkmate." For $1.95 a
month, yes you read that right, it only cost $1.95 a month you can pop the guys phone number into the site and usually his
name, address and if he is on social media, his social media information comes up. If a man/woman is a scammer their phone
number will come up as "unknown." If they can't come up with any information on that particular phone number chances are he/she
is a scammer. At that point the smart thing to do is block them. This will save you from so much heartache. So, if a name
comes up you can pop it in facebook and see more information about the person. If it's a man's phone number and a womans name
comes up, there is a good possibility that man is married and vice versa if a woman gives you a number and a man's name comes
up. Checkmate.com has given me much peace of mind in the dating world. The link is in my "link" section of this website.
Scammers typically will hook a person emotionally and then try to scam them out of money, usually with a lame story
about being stranded overseas or sometimes a child is involved and needs surgery, etc. They are slick, they know who is vulnerable
and how to target them emotionally if you let them. I saw a woman on the news say she was scammed out of a million dollars
over a two year period by someone who was living in Nigeria. Of course they put up phony pictures and phony profiles.
There is another website called Pig Busters where you can put someone's picture in the site and see if they come
up as a scammer.
sites can be fun if you go in with a light attitude. A friend of mine met his future wife on "Our Time." So there is a possibility
of meeting someone on-line and the relationship clicking. I believe on-line dating is part of "fate" but diversifying is the
key. This means continue to go outside of the computer world to places of interest where you can meet other single people,
like a singles dance, or a barbecue, or a singles meetup event. And no matter how much dating becomes frustrating, try to
keep a positive attitude. The energy you put out there will come back to you, so you want it to be positive.
It's important to note that keeping yourself safe in the dating world is important, however, it's important to balance safety
with putting yourself out there and following through to the actual date. After a couple of emails and perhaps a phone call
or two, it's really time for that, first date. That first date can bring fear to many people. However, my philosophy for first
dates is very simple. Treat the date like you are meeting a new friend for the first time and have fun. Having fun and being
light hearted is a good game plan to eradicate the fears that come with that first date. Just have fun.