We all know that the Internet is populated with every walk of life: the types that you’d want to meet and possibly date, the type that you should avoid at all costs, and everything in between. But how can you tell the two apart, especially when you find them on online dating sites like Match.com, where everyone wants to portray a favorable image?

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onlinedatingA 34-year-old woman’s date with an online suitor turned tragically sour when a local officer decided to run her date’s license plates during a routine traffic stop. Apparently, her date not only took the women out in a stolen car, but he was also wanted in conjunction with a string of robberies across the U.S. Talk about a great first impression.

The thieving Don Juan meets women through the online dating site BlackPlanet.com, takes them out, then robs them blind.

“He has ties to Florida, Kansas and Oklahoma,” Sargent Martinez of the Orem, Utah Police said. “We don’t know how long he’s been up to this stuff or how many potential victims we have.”

The contraband and the car were seized and traced to a woman in Idaho. As if dating wasn’t hard enough, online daters now need to look out for someone like this guy. The 33-year-old thief will probably be extradited to Idaho where he will face robbery charges.

(Via Deseret News)

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saferdateIn the midst of thousands of horror stories ranging from murder cases to fiscal scams, the urgency for protection in the online dating world has reached its breaking point. The call has been answered swiftly and mercilessly: saferdates.com. Saferdates provides an unprecedented service in the online dating world that not only allows you to date, but also “investidate.” With a dual level screening process, meeting your other half is no longer a gamble with your safety. The investidate initiative allows members to perform a basic search for a history of felonies, misdemeanors, sex offenses, and marriage for potential mates. Saferdates provides a fingerprint scan for potential mates, which is the best way to ensure that online dating members are screened successfully against a criminal past.  Each member must have a “verified” check next to their profile that notifies other members that they have been screened.

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