As I started to realize these aimless conversations were the rule on dating sites rather than the exception, I wondered how to prevent them and save everyone time.
When I discovered the disposable number app Burner, which provides free, destructible phone numbers for users to give out on online dating sites, at work, or anywhere else where they may not want to disclose their real numbers, I thought maybe I'd found a solution.
That said, here's what happened when I tried giving out my number sooner than I normally would on three different apps with the security that Burner afforded me.
Mark Brooks of Online Personals Watch works with many online dating sites – and says that all of them are plagued by fake profiles, scammers and criminals looking for money, not love.
Millions are lost to these scammers each year – and worse still, the crime may be underestimated, as victims are often too distraught to reveal the extent of their losses.
Spotting scammers is getting harder – but there are still ways to ensure you stay safe, Brooks says.
Q: Is there an easy way to spot scammers from ‘normal’ daters? If scammers have made it onto a dating site, its because the profile looks normal. If they want you to get off the dating site asap – and communicate by email, say – that’s a sign. Older women, because its tough to find a hot older gentleman. Bear in mind that its the scammers job to get users off the site asap.
For large companies that includes tools such as our Get Human Phone, which allows you to call a company but skip the part where you wait on the line listening to their call technology music.
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Perhaps, the trick to preventing online dating conversations from dying down was to move them over to text — and a fake number could let me do that without compromising my privacy.
After all, giving out your number shows interest in the person you're talking to and moves you one step closer to making plans.