Heart and Hobby Offers Tips on How to Take the Guesswork Out of Online Dating

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Eliminating Fake Profiles Begins by Learning How to Spot Them

A New Concept in Online Dating Site Matching Singles Based on Shared Interests, Hobbies, and Experiences

A New Concept in Online Dating Site Matching Singles Based on Shared Interests, Hobbies, and Experiences

“The complaints on HeartandHobby.com will be taken very seriously because we genuinely care about our members’ safety and success while dating online”.

The problem with finding a true match online is dealing with all of the fake profiles. Heart and Hobby is an online dating company that is serious about keeping the singles on its website as genuine as possible, and eagerly encourages members to educate themselves on how to spot a fake profile. They realize how widespread the problem is, and how disappointing it can be when single members find that they are not communicating with a sincere match.

“We are very aware of the issue surrounding fake profiles in the industry,” said Alice Vysata, founder of the interest-based dating site HeartandHobby.com. “We attempt to mitigate the problem by having each new or updated profile checked manually for suspicious activity before it becomes live on the site.”

There are several reasons why fake profiles are posted on online dating sites, the most common reason being when a new member wishes to browse the site to see what it has to offer. In almost all cases after this initial look, the member either deletes his profile or edits it to accurately reflect himself.

The most serious violation to be aware of is when internet spammers or scammers post fake profiles. Internet marketers try to trick members into following an affiliate link or to use another website. Scammers disguise themselves as sincere single members who develop a close relationship with someone, and then ask for money for various reasons such as plane tickets or a medical emergency. Usually, these are people who live in another country or claim that they are staying with a family member abroad. In addition to the company manually checking profiles, a new member is required to submit a captcha phrase at signup to verify he is real, and members also have the ability to flag a suspicious profile for further investigation by the site's administrators.

A fake profile can be spotted with a little diligence and attention to the following warning signs:

-Be wary of anyone who asks you to leave the website, join an outside chat room, or click on a link. A member who is serious about getting to know you will do so by utilizing the email and chat features on the current dating site, features they are paying for in their membership fees.

-A member should never ask another member for their home or work address, or to send or receive money.

-Look for profiles that log in to the website at the same time every day, down to the exact minute. This may be a sign of a computer program behind a fake profile.

No method that a dating site utilizes to ward off spammers is foolproof, however, joining a paid membership dating site may be the first step in finding sincere singles. Vysata also suggests smart tips like referring to a local venue to see if the person has working knowledge of the area.

“What concerns me most is the suggestion that some dating sites have teams of people creating fake profiles and writing to or even calling members,” Vysata said. “This may get new singles to join the site temporarily but it certainly won’t retain them. It is one thing keeping scammers off a website, but it is a completely different story when a dating site intentionally posts fake profiles on its own site. HeartandHobby.com’s database of singles may grow at a slower pace initially but at least it will grow organically.”

Heart and Hobby also believes crowdsourcing, or members flagging suspicious profiles, is an effective way for a dating site to police itself when a fake profile slips through the cracks. "Once a profile is flagged, it is immediately investigated,” Vysata added. “The complaints on HeartandHobby.com will be taken very seriously because we genuinely care about our members’ safety and success while dating online.”

Bottom line is that there are good people on every site. Millions of singles around the world marry every day after having successfully met on an online dating site. Although divorce rates are currently high, it has been found that couples are now developing stronger relationships than before due to the number of ways in narrowing down potential matches.

HeartandHobby.com matches singles based on shared interests, hobbies, or experiences, a significant factor that more and more people are finding is important for a healthy, long term relationship. For more information, please visit http://www.HeartandHobby.com.

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