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Mark M.

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If you want to get something second hand or sell it, this is the best venue for accomplishing that. I've sold lots of things that I would have been inclined to throw out, but it seemed like somebody would want them, and they did. Not everything sells, but I'd estimate I've sold 80% of what I've listed. It's not like you're getting top dollar, but for a small effort, you're getting some $ and you're not filling up a landfill. I've bought things as well and gotten what I expected.

Personals are a whole other experience. I thought I was looking for a relationship, but I'm just finding scams for my credit card posing as Age Verification and safe "dating" sites... and hookers, yep hookers, ya read that right. I haven't put up an ad myself, but checking the "Women seeking Men" section, most posts are trying to steal your credit card numbers and some are simply soliciting. If you're looking for love, try elsewhere.
This is a scam for lonely men (maybe women also) based off of Craigslist personals.

Here's how it works.

You go onto Craigslist and find a salacious heading. I'll use this one.
"Someone still up tonight,,,,,? August...3...2017

Can you be late for work tomorrow? Wanna have some fun tonight?

White girl in her 30 is looking for someone to please her tonight. I know it's late but this is the time when fun ;)"

So you reply and get a bot response with a spicy picture and you're directed to another email address. You may be tempted to play along, so you send another email to the new address. A bot responds with a message that doesn't necessarily make much, if any sense, but there are more sexy pictures.

Eventually, you get something like this in a message with some more distracting pictures:

You are making me blush! It can be regular ruitine If we can please me each other.What do u think? I am ready to meet any time! Some of the emails I received are absurd. I have been quite reluctant to meet somebody via Virtual Platform, but the fact that you seem in my wishlist, really changes my opinion on online meetup!! I am using a service which checks background profile..I would like you to get My Phone Number

I am going to watching TV ..I hope you pass the background check and contact me directly and cum over here! And do not forget to bring condoms seriously."

"My Phone Number" is a hyperlink that takes you to someplace like this, "http://craigdatesonlines.com/love69/Beverly-Profile/"

Once on this page, there's a lot of information that makes it look legit, like, "Age Verified Profiles Meet safe and checked members), but if you look in the upper left hand corner of your browser, it says, "Not Secure." This is in direct contrast to the first line of the page which states,"CraigDatesOnline is a secure website that makes meeting people through social networks and classifieds safer and easier."

Nope! It's not! In fact if you click on the "Not Secure" section of your browser, it states,

"Your connection to this site is not secure

You should not enter any sensitive information on this site (for example passwords or credit cards) because it could be stolen by attackers."

If that isn't compelling enough to deter you. If you google craigdatesonlines.com, you get nothing. NOTHING! Google has something on everything, and nothing on this site?

This site is simply fishing for your credit card number so they can get some great stuff at your expense on your credit.
I wanted a light weight Navy Blazer for a reasonable price. These guys had what I wanted and it fits well, plus they allow you to modify your garment, for example dual vent or single vent. I believe I paid $115. It took a while to receive it and I ordered a 42 long. They got the sleeves right, but I wish the jacket had been up to two inches longer.
Match is owned by IAC/InterActive Corp. They own nearly all of the brands you can think of, in their words, "45 brands, including Match, OkCupid, Tinder, Meetic, Twoo, PlentyOfFish, OurTime, BlackPeopleMeet, Parperfeito, e-harmony, Chemistry, Delightful, Howaboutwe, FriendScout24, and that's only 13 of the 45.

If you're trying to find someone online, you're probably going through one of their sites.

The worst thing about Match and all of the dating services I've tried is the autorenewal feature. It will take your money every, month/3 months/year you sign up. I usually google how to deactivate autorenewal, because it is hidden. The good news is you can turn off your subscription, the same day you sign up which stops autorenewal, but still allows you to use the service for the duration of what you've paid. Additionally, they will offer discounted rates for you to renew at the end of your contract, compared to autorenewal.

A lot of online dating services will have bots contact you about meeting. I did NOT experience this on Match, but did have that experience on other services, which were probably owned by IAC... Anyway, there are fraudulent accounts that will contact you on Match, but they were fairly easy for me to identify. The characteristics were as follows: 1. Young, in their twenties, I'm almost 50; 2. Gorgeous, way out of my league; 3. No preferences about the men they wanted to meet; 4. English was not their native language and it was apparent in their profile; and 5. The profiles almost always said, "I'm not a paying member, contact me at," and then they'd list an email address that was written out so Match wouldn't immediately detect it. They usually were gone within 24 hours and would like/wink/message me when online.

In my experience there are 3 types of members on Match: 1. Those using it as entertainment, window shoppers, they won't respond; 2. The tentative, may like/email/call, but won't go out; and 3. The adventurous, these are the buyers, they'll go out and they know what they want. If you know what you want, you'll have a better experience.

Profiles - can tell you a lot or nearly nothing. My philosophy was to fill out everything on the profile page I could, but get your pictures right first. Your profile shot should be a head shot. Learn how to use you family and friends to get a great picture or learn how to use your phones voice activation. Smile. Think of something hillarious, a good smile is essential. Have a full body shot. A recent full body shot. Do NOT take that picture in a bathroom or a gym. Have a picture of you doing something that you love and try to make it obvious you like doing it. Three pictures are minimum. Less than that, conveys you're lazy.

Nobody reads profiles, until they've vetted your pictures. Most are nearly exactly the same. In the Kansas City area, and probably the rest of the world, women want a funny guy. Guys like funny girls. If you tell somebody you're funny, you're doing what nearly everybody else does. If you make them laugh while they read your profile, you won't need to tell them you're funny and you've differentiated yourself. Smart people write more than dumb ones. Make 'em laugh and tell them about something you're passionate about.

When setting up for the first time, it can take a month before you go out on a date. That was my experience. Each time I renewed, I got outreach much faster. Always being visible will lower your results. Hide your profile when you've got someone interesting after your first date. I scheduled as many first dates around the same time as possible and let the cards fall where they may. Inevitably you'll have to cancel some dates, if you find someone interesting. If that interesting person doesn't pan out, you can go back to the ones you've cancelled. Usually, a rescheduled first date is a permanent cancel, but a cancelled first date due to meeting someone, can work out well. Ya need to understand the difference.

I've been on and off Match since about April 2013. I began as a separated man. Separated has a stigma, so does never married above 35 years old. It's good to know your level of attractiveness. The Discovery channel did a documentary on the Science of Sex Appeal and it addresses a lot of issues people misunderstand.

On Match my outreach was horrible, my profile brought a lot of interested women, many of which I was attracted to, but meeting always provided better insight. I usually posted 15 to 20 pics and had captions on all of them. I tried to make women laugh and stand out from the rest.

Sometimes "reverse match" worked better than mutual match or discover. Match will often delete your preferences, so be careful when searching. I dated women 15 years younger than me up to nine years older.

In summary, be patient, be polite, be nice and be honest. If you're not getting any response, it's you or at least your presentation on Match. If you want to see your competition, open your public profile. On the left side, there's a link that says "see more like _______" click it and you'll see other members you're competing with and be able to read 4-5 lines of their profile. If they're more interesting than you, ya need to do something about that.

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