IN THIS day and age, singletons are much more likely to turn to digital dating in their quest for romance.
And one website they might use to find love is Plenty of Fish, which is specifically designed for those unlucky in dating to find their significant other. Plenty of Fish, or POF is a dating website that has over 90 million users registered globally.
Even some of the more clever fake profiles can get “verified” by using a friend’s credit card.
Unless the online dating site is going to go to the extra effort of meeting the single in person, doing a background check, and taking their online profile pictures for them (like Findthe It Factor.com, a personalized dating service), then “verified” means nothing more than the faker has access to a credit card.
Originally established in 2003 by founder Markus Frind, he managed to gain ten million users while running the site from his bedroom.
Today the dating site is available in five different languages reportedly have an impressive 55,000 new sign-ups a day.
When a new user signs up to the site, they are asked for their basic information as well as a picture of themselves.
The site then offers a lengthy, if not entertaining, chemistry test, where users answer a series of questions to establish their character.Read That Profile Another way to spot a fake is to really check out their profile.Most fake profiles don’t take time to fill in all the sections, or have trouble with correct grammar, or even basic English.The unfortunate truth is that the paid singles don’t know who is free and who is not.Verified, Schmerified Beware of the “verified” profiles that some sites tout.His case prompted Judge Andrew Woolman to tell the court that just because women sign up to the website, it "does not mean that the consent to sex." Meanwhile, in January 2017, Ryan Schofield, who met a string of women on Plenty of Fish and other sites, was jailed after attacking eight victims over a seven-year period.