Online Dating can be tough these days, especially since you're dealing with strangers who can potentially make up whatever they want. Trust is delicate and should be earned. There are a lot of horror stories that highlight the dangers. Not long ago, a guy used a popular online dating site to meet, drug and rape women! Obviously that's horrible. The guy should rut in prison for life. Apparently he had multiple profiles, where he was a doctor, Astronaut, and even a CIA agent! He was also very charismatic and handsome. Many women thought that they met Mr. Right when they should have ran the other way.
So how do you check someone to make sure that they're genuine? The answer is surprise, surprise, the Internet. These days just about everyone leaves a huge amount of digital foot print. First to determine whether your date is even a real person, ask for some details, and then later on, see if they can reiterate the same thing. This should help you to recover inconsistencies.
You can Google or Facebook their names or email address to gather information. On Facebook, you can see their profile, or at least a friend list. If they have a lot of friends, that's good. If there's only a handful, then it could be a warning sign. They could be 1) just setting up their social networking account, 2) not having many friends, or 3) building a fake account. If you really get serious, you can even hire Internet Background Check companies. But usually require you to know more intimate details about a person. But it could be worth it to gain a piece of mind that the other person is on the level.
Internet dating can help you meet a wide range of prospective dates. Just keep in mind, every once in a while there could be a bad apple out there. Obviously don't treat everyone you date with suspicion and hostility. But instead do what political candidates do when they select a running mate, have a vetting process to uncover any potential pitfalls!