The interactions were unique because of the anonymity given by using My Space.
As history has it, when people defected from My Space to Facebook, that online community became a dust town.
The reported that the majority of the (thousands) of women using these type of friendship-seeking sites are going through a period of transition in their lives -- such as a move or a divorce -- that might make creating new friendships more difficult.
“[With these sites] you can skip the insecurity of, ‘Oh, they’re so busy, they don’t need friends,’” Shasta Nelson, founder of Girl Friend Circles told the .
"I was serious when I said I'm just looking for friends on my profile.It used to be easy to just Google phrases – criminals often reused them – but now it is less so. Q: What should I do if I suspect someone IS a scammer? That’s a red flag and is usually picked up by dating sites auto-detection systems. But the scammers know better to use that word on dating sites now. Its exhausting, and most victims just want to put the entire event behind them.Even if they’ve been taken for tens of thousands of dollars.So if your profile hints at any of those, you’re more of a target. Q: I’m already in a relationship online – can I be sure it’s for real? Some of these fake relationships can last for years. Q: My lover sends me gifts – surely that means he’s for real? They’ll send gifts, and make users feel beautiful and cared for, and then it them with a test. That way dating sites detection systems have less chance of picking up on unusual lines of communication.They’ll pan for gold among tens of thousands to find a few pieces of gold. If they’re a different person than on their profile photo, bail! If the person has a Facebook profile with 10 friends, well that’s a dead giveaway as well. For example, we know people don’t use the word ‘wire’ in regular dating communications. Report to the local police and ask to be referred to their cyber crimes unit. The problem is, most of these scams are cross-border and it becomes tough to coordinate jurisdiction.Text is available under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC-BY-SA) and/or GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL).