07/02/2013 09:56 am ET

True Story: I Was "Catfished" by an Online Dating Con Artist


Online dating seems to be a legitimate sign of the times. After all, we’re a technological world now; the pick-up joints of yesteryear don’t have the same appeal they once did. In our individual pursuits for a partner — whoever our ideal partners happen to be — we’re all virtually linked by one common ground: the internet.

As long as you have a computer and a connection to the web, you’re in the game, no matter where you live. There’s nothing to stop a person in a miniscule town from pursuing a relationship with another person in the heart of New York City — or anywhere for that matter. Thanks to the internet, love is a whole lot easier to locate.

While online dating is no longer taboo (more than 65% of YourTango readers agree, according to our recent survey), the concept does still prompt feelings of distrust or wariness. As more of our friends meet the loves of their lives on sites on OKCupid and Match.com, our virtual guards remain up like invisible force fields. “Will I really find love on my MacBook Pro?” The answer is, sometimes. Other times you encounter something you hadn’t really bargained for. I learned that the hard way when I met “Alex Lee.”

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