As if navigating online dating isn’t enough of a challenge, now there’s something else singles need to be aware of when looking for love online. The Better Business Bureau has issued an alert about a wave of fake dating sites that are scamming people out of money and personal info. And the worst part? The sites are functional, elaborate and look totally real, but they most definitely are not.
But there are some red flags to watch out for. First off, even if you barely fill out your profile, you’ll hear from dozens of “members” trying to connect with you, even if you live in a different city or are in a different dating age range. Another way to spot a fake site is they almost always have weird, sloppy writing that doesn’t make sense, like one fake site that reads, “Virtual, lively flirting is great fun and fives a very individual perspective.” When in doubt about a site, the Better Business Bureau advises checking BBB.org for reviews and feedback before signing up. And if you are a victim of a fake dating site scam, report it at BBB.org/ScamTracker.