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8 on Your Side Offers Tips for Safe Online Dating

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LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas has many options for those looking for love, including clubs, romantic settings and a lot of people.

8 on Your Side's Michelle Mortensen took to the Las Vegas Strip to ask people what think about online dating. It isn't easy to get complete strangers to open up about their dating lives.

One person named Dean says he had a miserable experience when he tried online dating.

"It just sucks," he said. "People lie half the time on their profiles."

Lying isn't the worst problem that can arise from online dating. Some people will try to scam you via Internet dating websites.

So, how can you protect yourself and still make a love connection? No need to ask Chuck Woolery, just follow some simple advice.

Never send anyone money no matter how desperate they seem. People routinely fall for this. According to a district attorney in California, a woman in northern California handed over $500,000 to a man she met on ChristianMingle.com. The man was a scam artist from Nigeria.

If you make a connection with someone, make sure they agree to meet face-to-face in a public place. If they always have an excuse, chances are they may not be trustworthy.

Be wary if someone who wants to instant message or e-mail you immediately - taking you off the dating site. Additionally, use an e-mail account just for dating sites. Don't give anyone your personal or work e-mail.

Finally, ask a lot of questions. Find out where they are from and verify landmarks and spellings of cities. Blatant errors could mean it's a scam.

Tips like these can keep you from looking for love in all the wrong places.

If you have a problem you want investigated, contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.

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