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This has to be one of the hottest, most talked about, most written about subjects today, and this is in spite of how hard it is to find date seekers who are truly genuine.

You can avoid the traps and the abuse by the fakers online by following a few basic guidelines. You probably think you’ve heard and read it all, but read on because there just might be something new here.

The first order of business for online dating is finding the right dating service. Only use the ones that carry a good reputation and are well known. Don’t fall for any fly-by-night type of service that does not seem to know what they’re doing. You can find out about the good sites and bad by joining in dating forums. They hold tons of information.

Read all profiles very carefully – Look for truth in profiles. This means in their descriptions and how they say things. Don’t contact too many people too fast. Limit how many you contact. Keep a watch on who continues for a long period of time. They might be the truly genuine one you’d enjoy dating.

Longer is better – Once you find one you want to try, subscribe to it. Don’t settle for any free or cheap sites. Try to pay ahead about three months. This way it only costs you what you’d pay for a couple of cheap dinners. Find yourself the type of dating site that suits your particular needs and desires, like ethnic, fun, or religious, etc.

Read some dating service reviews – You don’t want to have to worry about wasting your time and money on something worthless, so read reviews before you decide on the site you choose. There are dating services all over this world. Some of them have good guidance and expert advice for helping you find your way. Doing a simple Google search can give you many leads on finding more information about the service you are considering.

One thing to watch out for is the many dating review sites out there that are now out of date. The reviews are from three or four years ago, so try to make sure the reviews you read are dated and are current.

Don’t give out any numbers – If you’re thinking of getting a bit more personal with your online dating interest then get their contact number. If they seem reluctant to give it, then be wary. If they give a number, call it from a public phone and see who picks up the phone. Never use your mobile phone.

Always be aware there are many scams – Watch and study things carefully to catch the scammers. If anyone asks for money, it’s a scam. Avoid these people at all cost. Never give up your personal information online.