For instance, does “loves sports” mean you’re up for cross-country skiing and white-water rafting, or is it a declaration that every weekend is devoted to channel-surfing the pro and college games? Potential dates skimming your profile are more likely to respond to specifics.
Believe me, it’s a much better strategy than scheduling a coffee date and finding you have little or nothing in common.
My own encounters revolved around OK Cupid and Plenty of Fish, both of which are free dating sites.
If you’re not confident in your writing skills, reach out to a friend or family member for help.
Just don’t turn your profile into Shakespearian-level prose that in no way reflects who you really are.
Fortunately, most dating sites today are pretty well regulated, and the option usually exists to report inappropriate postings.
And guys, before sending a message with even a hint of sexual innuendo, think about what your mother would say, then remember that many of these women are mothers, and even grandmothers, for that matter.
This advice applies to both sexes: Don’t post pictures of yourself from 10 years and/or 40 lbs. Don’t rave about your intense exercise regimen when you’re really a couch potato.
Don’t claim to be a gourmet cook when you can barely boil water.
While the bureau acknowledges that virtually everyone is at risk, it says internet scammers pay particular attention to “women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled.” These cyber-criminals create elaborate profiles on singles sites, often with glamorous photos.
Their goal: to separate you from your bank account.
This applies to women in particular, but not exclusively.