Predictably, after Match.com purchased PoF, it has been converted it a poorly-designed cash machine. For example:
1. It is no longer possible to search profiles according to name, if you haven't forked out the membership fee.
2. So I explain at the top of my profile, that if ladies wish to contact me, then they must directly write me.
3. Over the past two days, I have received three "wants to meet you" messages... as if their authors never read my explanations and instructions.
4. Just before all of this nonsense started, a "wants to meet you" message appeared from a profile featuring an 18-year old bimbo who claimed to have a PhD.
Summarizing: if you don't want to fork out the money, then PoF has the same value as Match.com without fees (very little). Judging from what others have written here, if you pay the fees, the "buyer beware"!
I've actually corresponded with reasonable women over Craigslist (no they weren't prostitutes)