In 2010, the federal government ordered the Australian dating site Red Hot Pie to send an apology email to its members for having over a thousand fake profiles that sent out strategic messages like these to lure members into staying (and paying). Arrange to meet someone in a public, crowded place, and tell a friend or family member where you’re going to be.
Consumers also brought a fraud suit against in 2005 for similar “date bait.” The same privacy protection rules that apply to all of your online activity apply to internet dating sites: privacy: be careful when meeting up with anyone you’ve met online. Set up a safety call: if you don’t call them by the expected time, they’ll assume that something’s wrong.
If the site doesn’t meet your expectations, be sure that you cancel your account before you’re charged again.Or you may only be able to send a set number of messages per month.Make sure that you get all the features that you want with whatever type of membership you select. Beware of “free trials” that charge your credit card when they expire.Look for a site that offers a satisfaction guarantee.The personal info you provide to dating sites falls into 2 main categories: registration/account creation, and profile/site activity.