In a study done in 2013, 35% of married couples met online.

This is great, and this might restore a little trust in humanity and make you rethink the idea that everyone out there is “out to get you”.

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I have been to four weddings of couples who met and fell in love using online dating sites. Unfortunately, like many other facets of online life, dating scams have increased dramatically.

Whether are you communicating with someone who claims to be someone they're not, or are faced with a criminal who has intentions of scamming you out of your life savings--or worse, intends to physically harm you--you have to be careful.

Here are the top 10 suggestions to help you know when you have the trust green light and when it’s a no-go red.

GREEN LIGHT Trust a match who: – seems open and honest on their profile.

My husband and I used the Internet to get to know each other when we first met.

Those were the days before online dating, but because we lived 3,000 miles away from each other, we used the Internet to communicate and become closer.

You met them online, and what they have shared with you about themselves makes you trust them on a deeper level.

They might be halfway across the globe from you, but somehow you feel like you might actually be falling…in…with them. Before you allow yourself to get overly attached to this person, you have to make sure that they are “the real deal”.

Interacting Online Meeting in Public Handling Sticky Situations Community Q&A Meeting people online is fairly common, and often works out just fine for everyone involved.