Most scammers choose victims that are older than they are, for example, so if someone who is significantly younger than you says that they’re interested, it could be cause for concern.
Of course, just because someone is younger doesn’t mean that they’re a scammer; it’s just something to keep in mind.
To validate my hypothesis, I connected with a senior consulting programmer who assisted in creating the "compatibility algorithms" at a number of online dating sites.
According to my source, it costs the average dating site approximately 0 to generate a new customer.
Truthfully, the only reason Ashley Madison is under fire for being one of the dating sites using fake profiles (aside from their position on fidelity in marriage) is because people hacked into their customer database and are combing through their user profiles.
I'd love to see what would happen if some of the mainstream dating sites had their user profile data looked over with a microscope the way Ashley Madison's profile data is currently being scrutinized.
It’s possible that it’s someone looking for an affair on a dating site The Internet seems ecstatic about the Ashley Madison hack, with millions of adulterers' and potential adulterers' details hacked and released online, with articles outing individuals found in the data dump. Even if someone’s profile looks legit, there are other signs to keep an eye out for, especially during the beginning of your communication.
You are online to meet people and to engage in a dating process.
Maintaining a profile, following-up on messages, and doing browsing from one account is enough.
But the identity of celebrity cheaters (or your neighbor down the street) isn't the only thing being found.
It turns out that of the dating sites using fake profiles, Ashley Madison is a big culprit.
It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.