From DNA testing to personalized matchmaking, there's no shortage of services promising to help you find love.
But many of us turn to the internet in the hopes of finding our match. From DNA testing to personalized matchmaking, there's no shortage of services promising to help you find love — for a price.
But for those of us looking to go a cheaper route, there's a solution: the internet.
But can a formula determine whether two people will have a successful long-term relationship? According to market research company IBISWorld, the online dating industry made 3 million in Canada in 2014.
Services like e Harmony and promise to find you the best potential matches based on complex and tightly guarded algorithms.
But the sites do have their benefits."Mainly, online dating sites give you more options beyond your existing social network that you wouldn't have had otherwise," Eastwick said.They also weed out people who don't want a long-term relationship, or those with whom you're basically incompatible — say, people with vastly different educational backgrounds or religious beliefs. Daniel Williams with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre said most victims are over 40, fresh out of a long-term relationship and haven't dated for decades."They're vulnerable, trusting, emotionally fragile, and the scammers seem to pick up on that from a mile away," Williams said."We all think we're unique, but really we're not.We all want the same things — to love and be loved.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.But they're good at what they do."And the stories are all too often the same. And they need your money."The scammers are so experienced in what they do, because they do what they do on such a massive scale," Williams said."They're running the same scam with 1,000 people at the same time."If you don't pony up the cash, the con artist could use your racy photos or adult-themed conversations to extort the money from you."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.For starters, plug their emails into a search engine."The bad guys do not reinvent the wheel," he said. It's how much money can we make, so how little can we put out?"Scammers can counterfeit anything from dating site profiles to photos, email addresses, even seemingly official documents.So Google everything."There's no way you can verify what's on the other end of a keyboard," Williams said."If you're at the point where you think, ' I want to share my innermost secrets with this person,' you should meet the person within three days.And if not, head for the hills."Scams often go unreported because victims are too embarrassed to come forward."People don't want to admit that they've been had, and the emotional damage in a romance scam ...