You need not look far for evidence that fake profiles exist. You can run
Google searches for companies selling dating software and you'll see that
some come complete with members already installed. Employees of certain dating
sites admitted to me that they had thousands of fake profiles when they started.
Once you get your head around how the game is played, you can be a smarter,
savvier dating consumer.
"The last thing anyone
wants to do is drop money on a fake profile."
It would be nice to say that fake profiles are easy to spot –
but they’re not. They can come complete with an articulately
worded essay, a whole list of hobbies and accomplishments, a flirtatious tag
line and even a quality picture in their profile. If you don’t have
a picture up or haven’t really said anything in your profile of interest
and you’re getting emails asking you to pay to communicate with someone,
I’d be very leery. Mind you, I believe that men and women are very different.
A woman is more likely to be approached by a man even without a photo than
a man is by a woman. It’s just the way our world works. If this is the
case, I’d say that worry about fake profiles is secondary to the danger
of going out with a man who is grasping at profiles without pictures on dating
sites. There just aren’t many decent people around who are willing to
take such a shot in the dark. If you have a picture up or have really written
something witty, then maybe it will be a bit more difficult to tell the real
profiles from the fake ones. But if you are a guy and all you have is text
in your profile and no picture, watch out because you might soon see what
fake profiles are all about.
The last thing anyone wants to do is drop money on a fake profile. This isn’t
always easy to avoid. There are generally two different kinds of payment systems
that are used on dating sites today: paid monthly membership and credit-based
systems. The most popular by far is a set monthly fee where you can contact
unlimited members during the duration. This system has its pros and cons.
If a fake profile contacts you and wants you to pay to contact them, it’s
a one-shot deal. The down side is that you pay the piper a large set fee and
they play your song for a month. The up side is that you can then go crazy
and contact anyone you want during that time, real and fake profiles included.
With a credit-based system, it can be harder to hold on to your money. Fake
profiles from aggressive companies could continually bombard you with requests
to chat, and if you’re willing, you could spend an endless amount of
money talking with hired help as opposed to possible connections. One way
to get around this is to be selective. If someone hits you up to chat, never,
ever pay, no matter how cute they are. You’re worth the $2 or whatever
it costs to chat so let them pay to talk to you. Avoiding fake profiles in
their entirety might be next to impossible, but the good news is that there’re
sites out there that really can connect you with living, breathing people
in your area.
Online dating is fun, exciting and allows you can connect with people
in your area that you'd never meet otherwise. You shouldn’t
be frightened away by the possibility of fake profiles—just be aware.
Start by joining some of the more reputable sites or by asking friends which
ones they’ve had success on. Although fame and fortune aren’t
always the best ways to make decisions when it comes to dating, certain sites
are doing it right. Read the reviews here on Cupids Reviews for some of our
top picks and best of luck keeping those fake profiles at bay!
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