And if not, head for the hills." Scams often go unreported because victims are too embarrassed to come forward.
"To be sure, similarity on some dimensions, like race and religion, does predict relationship well-being," two of the study's co-authors wrote in The New York Times.
"You should be sharing only information you'd be happy to share on a 35-foot billboard above your home," Williams said.
The scams are easy enough to dodge — all it takes is 15 minutes. It's how much money can we make, so how little can we put out?
"However, the vast majority of people mate with demographically similar partners anyway, so such findings aren't especially useful in helping dating sites narrow a client's pool of potential partners." The Times piece goes on to say, "None of this suggests that online dating is any worse a method of meeting potential romantic partners than meeting in a bar or on the subway.
But it's no better either." So an algorithm isn't smart enough to figure out if two strangers are soulmates. "Mainly, online dating sites give you more options beyond your existing social network that you wouldn't have had otherwise," Eastwick said.The scammers are nasty, heartless, ruthless people. They run into problems — maybe an incident on the job site, or an accident involving a teenage son. "The scammers are so experienced in what they do, because they do what they do on such a massive scale," Williams said.