The dark side of internet dating

Two months later Craigslist was hit with another scandal when it emerged that a North Carolina man used the site to hire a man to rape his wife while the husband watched.

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According to The National, there are as many as 40 million singles from the United States who are looking for love on social networking sites and online dating services.

With the recent bad press online personals has received lately due in large part of several murderers meeting their victims through Craigslist, The National decided to take a further look at the dangerous side of online dating.

Some of them are straightforward about being “affectionate” if they “are treated right” or just ooze sexual promise — and then, when contacted off-line, say that the “affection” comes at a price.

Male scam artists generally have an impossibly handsome picture — but that’s not the tip-off, because of course there are other handsome men on the Net.

People lie in every kind of dating or casual meeting situation.

This problem isn’t confined to Internet dating, but you have to be somewhat more cautious online because it can be harder to check out the facts.

While you do have to be careful when you are online, your safety concerns are not really any different than when you are trying to meet people at bars or clubs.

In fact, it probably is safer on a dating site, since you have the buffer zone of the internet to size someone up through communication and photos, before you decide to go out on a first date.

Millions of single people are looking for a relationship using dating sites and apps.

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