According to the FBI, dating websites are often popular targets for scams perpetrated by offshore criminal networks.

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Some were intent on finding another lifemate in short order, while others seemed more interested in sampling different personalities and lifestyles.

A gripe shared by many women I met concerned the fellow who arrived at the meetup bearing little resemblance to the guy in the profile.

Her response caught me completely off-guard: “You’re a really nice guy, but as a larger woman, I need a larger man.” While “larger” is always open to interpretation, from my perspective, she in no way fit the general definition of the term. She self-identified as such and envisioned herself with a man of more Falstaffian proportions, which I lack. Some of my cyberdates went nowhere, but a few women became trusted friends and confidants.

I’m no longer active on dating sites, but I don’t regret using them.

Men are often accused of focusing exclusively on the physical, but I soon realized there are plenty of women who do the same.

This explains why several ladies in northern Wisconsin sent inquiries despite my stated intent to remain within metro Chicago for dating.

Things were unfolding beautifully, from similar interests to shared acquaintances.

As our time together was coming to an end, I suggested a second date.

Internet dating puts all options on the table, and a growing number of sites cater to the more mature singles crowd.

My own encounters revolved around OK Cupid and Plenty of Fish, both of which are free dating sites.

Believe me, it’s a much better strategy than scheduling a coffee date and finding you have little or nothing in common.