But it's not a stretch to say that even if you abstain from the goal, spending a week on Casual Encounters can teach you a lot about human beings and how the web has changed how we pursue one of our most essential and important desires.
It goes without saying that the content of this article is not intended for children or those made uncomfortable by such topics.
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Julia Abrantes spent hours cleaning her house and primping in front of a mirror before heading to John F. She was there to pick up the love of her life, whom she had met on the Internet. Dating sites like Match.com, which says it has a membership of more than 15 million, are growing in popularity.
Abrantes was the victim of romance fraud: a scam designed to prey on her emotions to get her money. "He wound up winning my heart." Abrantes isn't alone.
But if you're interested, read on for the story of my seven days on Craigslist's Casual Encounters — my failures, near misses, discoveries, insights and successes.
Following that, I interviewed two women to learn how they used the site successfully for their own fulfillment.
Romance scammers are a special class of con artists who use seduction to take advantage of unsuspecting victims.
“I’ve also seen my own photos and name used.” (The image of Grisham that was used by scammers is pictured, left) With a few of the largest player like OKCupid, Match, and others, there are precautionary measures in place. It turns out that the crippling fear of an awkward first date is the least of your troubles.A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.He may claim to live in one locale, but some of the colloquialisms he uses are wrong.If he claims to be from Iowa, but he tells you that since he's from the Midwest, he loves to have bangers for breakfast, your antennae should start twitching. She is skilled at profiling and will use any weakness to her advantage.
Within hours of the expected arrival time, an emergency will strike: A work visa has expired, or their aunt/niece/child is sick and they need a few thousand dollars to be wired over so they can finally meet their intended.