It was easy for me to sign up with a fake ID and fake location.

The better sites use geolocation and name/address verification. Geolocation is a feature that allows the website to find out in which country and city the subscribers are by IP number or other method.

After realizing how complicated my oral explanation was becoming, I decided to illustrate each of these setups.

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It seems that you only need to pick up the newspaper or watch the news to hear about the latest financial scam and it’s something that has become an unwelcome part of modern life.

So what does this have to do with a dating site you ask?

As I write and speak, I'll use the term “PC” in reference to both of the major personal computers (PCs): OS X and Windows.

These same principles will also apply to Linux PCs.

If you have just met someone online and they are trying to encourage a meet-up before you really know them, they may not just be overly eager.

I would suggest no less than a month of chatting online before calling them – but this should only happen when you feel totally comfortable doing so.

Whether their purpose is dangerous or just desperate, you want to steer clear of both of these.

Red Flag #2 When you do finally decide to meet up, decide on a neutral and safe location (a restaurant or a café) and have a friend or family member bring you and let them meet your date.

I became interested in this subject because one of my best friends is currently being scammed and she is in such denial so I realized I needed to find proof so I could show her that indeed she is dating a scammer.