Others, they complained, appeared to be set up to scam users.
Reviewers noted than many of those who appeared interested in their profiles turned out to from nowhere near where they lived, with many from Africa and Eastern Europe.
Check that the profile on the dating website is consistent with what you’ve been told.
For example, make sure the profile picture doesn’t look different to their description of themselves. Has your ‘date’ told you they are university educated, but their English is very poor?
Scammers typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in, either using a fictional name or falsely adopting the identities of real people.
Dating and romance scammers will express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of time, and usually suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a more private channel, such as phone, email or instant messaging.
Often, scammers will pretend that they need the money for some sort of personal emergency or insist they need the money to travel to visit you.
After a number of disappointing dates, she became frustrated and almost gave up. "I was about to give up online dating completely, when I got a message from Brian.
I definitely have that site to thank for my relationship today, so it can work out," said online dater Melissa Emsley."Online dating is different from shopping for other kinds of things like a sweater. With dating, the sweater has to like you back," said Consumer Reports Money Editor Margot Gilman.
The consumer watchdog surveyed nearly 10,000 online daters, and 44 percent said they either had or are in a serious long-term relationship because of an online dating website or app. News4Jax dug through Consumer Reports' data to see who's really finding the perfect match and where.
Here are the top four websites where online daters found their current partner or spouse, according to the Consumer Reports survey: Men: 32 percent found current partner or spouse Women: 35 percent found current partner or spouse Cost: Monthly fee can start around per month (check site for rates/specials) Eharmony Men: 17 percent found current partner or spouse Women: 15 percent found current partner or spouse Cost: Monthly fee can start around per month (check site for rates/specials)Plenty Of Fish Men: 7 percent found current partner or spouse Women: 9 percent found current partner or spouse Cost: Free While Consumer Reports found 44 percent of 10,000 online daters found a long-lasting relationship, respondents gave online dating sites the lowest satisfaction scores Consumer Reports has seen for any rated service in two decades -- even lower than cable television companies.