Unless the online dating site is going to go to the extra effort of meeting the single in person, doing a background check, and taking their online profile pictures for them (like Findthe It Factor.com, a personalized dating service), then “verified” means nothing more than the faker has access to a credit card.There are services that can do background checks for you, if you feel the person is worth looking into further.They need to make as many contacts as possible—remember it’s a numbers game. You are doing the best you can by being smart and wary of potential fakers. Will enough singles get fed up with the not-so-great state of online dating and demand better from the industry? As a contributor to online dating industry forums, I continue to bring up the issues associated with fake profiles: liars, thieves and cheats, and the accountability of the industry for a solution. Even if you put on your profile in bold letters, “No Fakers or Sex Industry Professionals,” it won’t help. My suggestion for your first contact, if you’re worried they’re not telling the truth, is to ask them outright. The standard industry reply is that “it’s not cost effective” and that “singles won’t pay for it.” Well, singles are “paying for it” in time, frustration, dissatisfaction and with their wallets. Unless the online dating industry makes a push toward cleaning up their websites, men and women will continue to fall prey to fake profiles.You Get What You Pay For It seems the “free” membership sites tend to be the ones most likely to have more fake profiles on them.
The site provides various forms of communication without charging users — all you have to do is create an account, fill out your information, and find someone who catches your eye.
Verified, Schmerified Beware of the “verified” profiles that some sites tout.
Even some of the more clever fake profiles can get “verified” by using a friend’s credit card.
Do report a fake profile to your online dating service, it’s at least a step in the right direction—you’ll be helping out by not letting the next guy or girl be faked out.
If a lot of their profile says, “ask me,” or says very little at all, it’s probably a fake.