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Internet Dating Scams

Many scams abound on the Internet when it comes to Internet Dating, make sure you don't get duped by them...


Virtual Kiss Scam:

July 02.

Beware of the "Virtual Kiss" features offered by many Internet Dating sites. Whilst they can be a great service if used correctly, they are easily open to fraudulent or misguided use.

A Virtual Kiss is a feature that allows someone to view your profile and send you a "Virtual Kiss" for free. You then get a email that might say something along the lines of "User xxxxxxxx has sent you a virtual kiss. This means that they have seen your profile and would like for you to email them..."

Now getting such an email might be a big thrill and you might think "great, this person likes me...", but stop and think for a moment... That person may have clicked on the Virtual Kiss link, but as you did not get a personal reply from them, you have know way of knowing what their intention is. That persons profile could for all the world be fake, or the person could be just playing around, clicked on the link by accident, or a multitude of other reasons...

So make sure you thoroughly check out the persons profile before deciding to spend your hard earned money replying...

Fraudulent use of this system could easily take place as well, as mentioned in the cheating chapter of my book. Beware.


Here is a real example of an affiliate scam, which are becoming more popular of late. I got this as a spam email in April 02.

Hey,
Do you find it as hard as me to meet people ? Be it for friendship or perhaps more..
I saw your profile and I quite like what I see.. if you want you can check out mine and perhaps we can get to
know each other a bit better ?

Here's mine http://www.27meg.com/~luckyl/lisa.html

I look forward to hearing from you..

Sincerly,
"Lucky" Lisa

In this scam, you receive email that looks like someone is replying to your profile, but in reality it's random spam that takes you to their home page which automatically redirects you to Matchclick.com with their affiliate ID code. If you join that site then it makes them a commision. Thankfully this is fairly obvious.


June 02

"Hi, i wrote you before to see if you where intrested in a date and asked you to go see a picture and profile of me on a website that i thought was free, sorry it was free to girls so i just didn't realize that they charged to get in for guys, maybe thats why you didn't get back to me.
well anyway my relationship hasn't gotten any better so i'm eager to find someone to escape the long days with so if your intrested go take a look at me at a different site that is free:
www.realtimepersonals.com/cgi-bin/ref.cgi?ref=tls
look me up as jenifer727 and i'll be waiting for your reply!!
jenifer"

Yet another affiliate link scam. This person only exists to make money from the link, they are not genuine.


For some comprehensive information on Internet Dating scams visit: http://scamalert.freeservers.com/

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