Ok Cupid isn't the best choice for people who are looking to get into a long-term relationship; the vast majority of users are under 30 and not necessarily looking for anything serious.

"If you're looking for a serious relationship, my advice is spend the money for a paid membership," Masini says.

A Singles’ Dating Convention member sent this to me: “I’ve recently joined a different singles’ site and am running into the same issue I’ve had with the previous ones I’ve been involved in.

Based on responses to a lengthy questionnaire, Ok Cupid calculates your compatibility percentage with other users.

"Brainiac sites like Ok Cupid, which tend toward math-based equations to find you romance, are good choices for people who think they fall outside the norm to some degree and want a geek who might get lost in the cracks of a bigger site," Masini says.

Unless the online dating industry makes a push toward cleaning up their websites, men and women will continue to fall prey to fake profiles.

You Get What You Pay For It seems the “free” membership sites tend to be the ones most likely to have more fake profiles on them.

The issue of the fake online dating profile continues to escalate like a hurricane, and drown all the real singles out there in online dating land. The issue remains that the anonymity of online dating has opened the flood gates of liars, thieves, cheats, and the sex industry looking to make a quick buck any way they can.

So, how can singles wade through the muck and find true love?

Also, if the photo on the profile is suggestive in any way, (and you’re not on an alternative lifestyle or friends-with-benefits site, which by the way, are loaded with fake profiles) or looks like a modeling picture from a magazine, just be aware that there is a high probability that it’s a fake. Unfortunately, there is no surefire way to get these fakers to stop contacting you.

They are relentless marketers, as this is a job for them.

is one that can tell you if the person is who she says she is, and if she has a criminal history.

Read That Profile Another way to spot a fake is to really check out their profile.

Verified, Schmerified Beware of the “verified” profiles that some sites tout.