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Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Ever felt like you are just not winning in the game of love when it comes to online dating? Sure, you have read stories where some unassuming girl gets hoaxed into a scam forfeiting all of her money away to help her new beau—only to find out that they are really communicating with the likes of a Nigerian internet manipulator.

The reality: on many sites, 1 in 10 profiles are phony, which begs the question, are you looking for love in all the wrong places (or on all the wrong profiles)?

Our emotions get wrapped up when the perfect suitor becomes available. At times, logic goes out the window and we are so ready to meet that special someone.  However, you must be constantly on guard when dating online (and the stakes become even higher if you are open to long distance relationships).

So what can you do to protect yourself from falling for the online dating scams?

Most of the time, scammers are looking to steal your money. Be aware of anyone that might be telling you they have a severe illness and need funds or asking for money for a plane ticket. Yes, you might be falling for this person and there truly are people out there in need. However, if you have not met them yet, it most cases, it is not smart to wire them funds.

You always hope that someone is being honest with you, and honesty shows in photos too. One of the plagues of online dating is that you can present yourself in whichever matter is most pleasing—including 10 year old photos or even photos of someone else. Maybe you are talking to a real person and maybe that person is someone you connect with through conversations. But there is still the question of accurate representation and verification of identity. Face it—you could be talking to anyone. Discover if they are really who they say they are through online date verification. Some sites take measures to help you verify someone’s identity through Facebook verification or other measure, but there is always a loophole. When you are truly falling for someone, you want to be sure and sometimes a face to face encounter is the only way. If that person is more than 50 or 100 miles away, in person verification is a challenge.

However, there is a solution! WeGoLook can dispatch an Agent to meet with your online date in person at a public location. The Agent takes current photos and verifies the state issued ID of individual. The information is compiled into a WeGoLook Report and you get to decide if they are worthy of continuing a relationship with you.

When considering online dating, it is always best to be aware of potential scams in the news and have a heightened awareness of who you may be contacting you. And remember, if (s)he seems too good to be true, there is likely more to the story they are hiding.