8 red flags online dating

But while online dating may be a great way to find your soul mate, you’ll be confronted with thousands of candidates.

And, like many other online offerings, the "product" received may not always be what was advertised.

They usually try to get you to communicate off the site ASAP so that they can engage with you prior to the dating site removing their profile. These items should make you suspicious: Tip: If you attempt to “google” someone to see if they’re authentic, you may simply find a site where the scammer took the photo and details from.

Self-description: If the user name or headline is weird, overtly sexual or otherwise inappropriate — Bangyourdaddy, 69Reasons — you can stop there, says Trish Mc Dermott, a founding team member of

So improve your chance of success by keeping an eye out for the following red flags as you sort through potential date’s profiles: Photos: Photos can tell you a lot about a potential date.

No photo, or a grainy, out-of-focus or outdated photo, are a sign that the person probably has something to hide, or else is not really serious about the dating process.

No matter what they say, do not give them your financial information or send them money — there’s never a good enough reason to do that.

When a woman leads off her profile or a message with “my friends made me do this,” you can tell she’s not that into online dating.