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With so many daters in the online waters, what can you do to protect yourself from men or women who are more into what you are than who you are? Chances are the people you’re emailing through online dating sites are lying about at least one thing in their life, from age to marital status. Approximately 10% of online dating profiles are actually set up by sex offenders, according to the Online Schools report. She talked about relocating to a new city and leaving her friends behind.

Here are our top 3 tips to protect your heart – and your bank account – from online dating scammers. “Everything seemed to be going so well, and after we flirted a little in email and IM, we decided to meet, and that is where things got really weird,” said Christine. In the time it took to be seated and order drinks, he’d excused himself seven times to take a message.

He didn’t really want to talk to me, and every subject I brought up got a one-word answer.

Finally, I asked why he even agreed to meet and he could only shrug his shoulders.

He had no idea why he was there.” In the long run, Christine was lucky.

Sure, she was out a few hours of her time, but at least her ‘fisherman’ didn’t get any of her personal information.Now, she is smarter about the men she meets online. If you’re interested in a man who says he makes six figures and yet at random times all day long he’s online emailing you – and probably countless others – chances are he doesn’t have that great job he talks about.Ben had all the right answers, and Christine says he was a prompt emailer. Pushiness is much easier to spot in person, because we can see the shifty eyes, the sweaty palms or the shifting-foot-to-foot stance of someone who isn’t being 100% honest.If you ask hard questions and your online interest has a pat answer back to you within a few minutes, tread carefully. Pushiness online is so much more difficult to diagnose because through email and IM you can’t hear a voice, see an expression or read the body language.Instead, you have to watch the language that is used.“When we were emailing, Ben kept telling me things like ‘I feel like we’ve known each other forever.’ I’ll admit, I was very flattered and I let that color my overall common sense and self-protective nature,” said Christine.