Dating scams are probably as old as civilization itself.

But like all things driven down the information super highway, online dating is one way dating scams have picked up speed.

Watch for the warning signs we described above, and check out this article for more info on avoiding online dating scams.

If you are also using an online dating site, it is easy for a scam artist to cross-check your name with your Facebook profile.

Keep your guard up We love to post on social media about our hopes, our dreams, our passions and our politics.

However, before we begin, you may want to spend a moment looking at this week’s most popular articles from our other sites: Is Identity Theft Really Like the Commercials Show It?

Identity theft is no laughing matter — prevention involves knowing what measures to take and putting those measures into action.

Although some of these scams are certainly predictable, others are less so (especially the third and fourth scams).

Naturally, we offer tips to help you protect yourself from these online dating scams.But online dates have the advantage of hiding behind a computer, making them seem a whole lot “dreamier” than they really are.An unpleasant surprise can often feel like — or be — a scam. If something sounds wrong — like a lawyer who says he’s 35 years old but has 25 years of professional experience — start asking questions.Until you get to know your date better, conceal your personal information, agree to meet only in public and always let a friend know where you will be.Online Dating Magazine suggests these tactics: An MSNBC article found one third of men dating online are married!If you’re concerned about the person’s age ask him/her to send a recent photo.