Second, they sound like an exact description of the writer’s ex.Don’t even think about posting a dating advert without a photo. You meet, and the blood drains from their face as they realise that your photo was taken 10 years, five stone and 500 wrinkles ago. You don’t have to write someone an epic love letter (please don’t) – just pick out a couple of appealing points in their bio and write a quick intro message. Some rookies assume that they must answer every email, even if it’s “thanks, but no thanks”. “Thanks but no thanks” can feel more hurtful than no reply.Having sex doesn’t make you morally corrupt, and it won’t necessarily wreck your chances of a relationship.If you’re both adults, single and you use protection, it’s your choice – but if you’d rather not, that’s your choice too. Ignore those rules about waiting three days to get in touch.Most grown-ups have a history of exes, hang-ups and maybe a nervous breakdown or two. They know that you have a past, but they don’t want to hear about it. Some online dating profiles read like shopping lists.They’re looking for someone with brown eyes, short hair, between 5’10” and 6′, from west London, and so on. First, they make the writer sound like a control freak.Here are our Trust and Safety Team’s top tips for avoiding scammers, so you can have a fun and enjoyable digital dating experience: 1. Don’t be afraid to Google someone you’ve just met online. Don’t ignore any hesitancy or feelings of discomfort.If you met over Facebook, use Google’s “search by image” feature to check for multiple Facebook profiles using the same photo. Fake Facebook accounts usually have extremely low friend counts, photos with no tags in them (or no tags linking to actual Facebook pages) and photos that don’t include family members, friends, or everyday adventures. Even if your initial Google searches don’t bring up anything suspicious — or they do and you’re not sure what to do with the uncertainty — don’t hesitate to order a background check on the individual. Have privacy settings in place and be careful to not divulge too much personal information. If someone is pursuing you online, you have every right to ask as many questions as needed to put your mind at ease. You shouldn’t need to talk yourself into investing in a relationship with someone you haven’t met in person.
Today’s rules are a little more user-friendly – but some of them may surprise you. Many profiles on dating websites start with statements like: “I’m no good at this kind of thing”. If you put yourself down, you won’t sound attractively self-effacing. The aim of the online dating game is to catch the eye of someone you have lots in common with.With recent news about the convictions of internet scammers it’s easy to fear being duped by an online relationship.