Underground online dating guide
Computers and servers in these virtual dating agencies filter the millions of people in their databases to find your closest match based on various criteria.
You can scroll through profiles of people near you on your smartphone and send them a flirty text copied from a Google search, avoiding the effort and anxiety of thinking of what you would like to say to your match.
You can start judging the person by looking at their picture and reading their profile details to see if they might be your type.
Other things to pay attention to even on legitimate dating sites — let’s face it, scammers are everywhere — include the following: If they supposedly come from an English-speaking nation, be on the lookout for awful spelling and grammar.
Not everyone looking for love online has the soul and finesse of William Shakespeare — and there’s certainly nothing wrong with not being a native English speaker — but scammers often cross borders electronically in search of new victims, and so truly terrible grammar is a red flag. Native English speakers have a natural cadence when they speak and write that isn’t easily mimicked.
This kind of scam is most typical in a new, long-distance Internet-dating relationship.
After an intense courtship period, the scammer asks the victim to connect with them via webcam and chat.