Fraudsters operating on these sites are often highly sophisticated professionals. Sites that require payment do not automatically deter them. Also see full safety tips on spotting fake profiles. Beware dating fraud scams Here, someone gains your trust to demand cash, even using your private photos or webcam footage to blackmail you. If you think you're being targeted, the Metropolitan Police says DO NOT send any money - report it to Action Fraud , or your local police station on if you feel threatened.
If you're in immediate danger, call Meet in a public place We know seclusion can be romantic - but best to leave it till you know 'em better. Trust your instincts Don't rush into meeting up just because your free trial's about to end or because they 'liked' your profile. Get to know them properly first - your safety's more important.
If it doesn't feel right, move on. Of course, dating websites are a huge boon in the digital age. Used right, they can be fantastic tools to help you filter through thousands of potential matches at speed. They can get real results - here's a MoneySaver's success story to inspire you. Joined an online dating site and after a couple of months I met Damian. We emailed and spoke online for a few weeks, before talking on the phone most nights. We eventually met up for our first date and have never looked back.
We've now been married nearly two years, and have an week old son. Say what you're looking for. If you're after a soulmate and they just want a quick fumble in the bushes, it'll only waste your time. If it's you that's after a quick fumble, don't be too boorish - make sure they're happy too. Upload several recent photos. You'll get more interest if you upload a few snaps of yourself, rather than just one. Spelling mistaykes ain't sexy. Take your time and think about how you want to come across.
You could even get a trusted friend to read it first. Ask friends how they'd describe you. Even if you don't think you're anything special, they may see you as a great cook or gentle giant. If you've interests or hobbies, these can help you stand out. So if you're a huge Star Trek fan, don't think you have to hide it. It gives matches something to talk about. Make it clear who you are. If your pics are all group shots, suitors may not know which is you. Avoid exes - this isn't the place for your old wedding photos.
Honesty's the best policy Sell your best bits in your profile, but be truthful. Your date will quickly realise you're not a seven-foot human rights lawyer who rows part-time for Team GB when they meet you. Thanks so much cupid. Went from the "city" to the country and today celebrating 2 years of marriage! Mhairi, Bathgate, UK I joined the site July , was bored and was just looking to chat to someone other than my dogs lol, have made some good friends on the site, met up with a few as well, had a good laugh.
This guy needs help l thought!!! Might even do just that one day!!! We met, once, twice ooowww many times now, were now planning our future together, how lucky are we!!!! A Very Big Thank You to Cupid We have been dating 4 weeks now and life has changed for both my partner and myself. A big thank you to cupid may you long reign.
Peace and Love to you all X I am Just Ducky, Belfair, WA, US In the spring of , I came on to Cupid. I was working on setting up my profile and the site kept suggesting different guys to me. One in particular caught my eye but I wasn't ready to actually connect with him. I clicked on his profile to save it for a closer look later. I guess I did it wrong cause the next thing I know, he was contacting me! We got married the summer of And have been happily married for the past 3 years.
And continue to make plans for our future lives together. RunWithScissors, Glendale, OH, US We connected within hours after I completed my profile. I searched for guys in my 'age group' for men who were currently online and got farther and farther away in my search. His picture captured my curiosity, so I looked at his profile - to find we were about miles apart.
We ended up chatting for several months, progressing from Cupid emails to Cupid chats, then skype. After 3 months I flew out to meet him in person. We spent one week each month together in the other's city for just over 3 years. We have been married for 6 months now and are still amazed at how happy and compatible we are. There's no way we would have finally found each other without you!
Finally i met the ONE So I decided to join this site after no luck on other online dating site