Maybe they got really busy, left town on vacation, or decided that online dating is just not their thing.
The important thing here is not to get discouraged. I would recommend trying to send a few messages over the course of a few weeks before deciding to give up entirely.
Mark Brooks of Online Personals Watch works with many online dating sites – and says that all of them are plagued by fake profiles, scammers and criminals looking for money, not love.
Millions are lost to these scammers each year – and worse still, the crime may be underestimated, as victims are often too distraught to reveal the extent of their losses.
All dating sites have to suppress and deal with fraud. Q: If you are creating your own profile, is there anything that might make you a target? They’re looking for some sign of gullibility among people who are likely to have some savings. People who are generous, vulnerable, of-faith and fighting poor odds of finding a partner are ideal. In general I recommend people chat for a short while, and then jump onto a video date anyway. I don’t think anyone should put more than half an hour of time into communication without doing a video or real life date. They want to get into direct email or Skype or phone contact asap.
So if your profile hints at any of those, you’re more of a target. Q: I’m already in a relationship online – can I be sure it’s for real? Some of these fake relationships can last for years. Q: My lover sends me gifts – surely that means he’s for real? They’ll send gifts, and make users feel beautiful and cared for, and then it them with a test. That way dating sites detection systems have less chance of picking up on unusual lines of communication.
The sort of photos they use as well as the language of the personal ad can help you decide whether the member is genuinely looking for a partner or not.
It used to be easy to just Google phrases – criminals often reused them – but now it is less so. Q: What should I do if I suspect someone IS a scammer? That’s a red flag and is usually picked up by dating sites auto-detection systems. But the scammers know better to use that word on dating sites now. Its exhausting, and most victims just want to put the entire event behind them.More than half of online dating app and website users believe they’ve seen a fake profile with two in five having been approached by someone asking for money. survey of 1,000 users of online dating services also found that one in seven admitted to sending money to someone who had asked for it.Of those who sent money, men were twice as likely to have parted with cash when asked to than women.At Match we want to ensure that you have a safe, friendly experience on the site.Remember that on Match you you are fully in control of your search and can choose to take things at your own pace.