But in the last decade or so, the game of looking for love has gotten some new rules, with the venue moving from the bar world to the the cyber world.Instead of men searching for the right verbal approach, many now search for the right photo to put on their profile page.
So let's say just for argument's sake that you are HIV-positive, or perhaps you have a sexually-transmitted disease. Ah, but there's an online dating site that caters to folks in your situation.
It's called Positive and it lures clients by painting itself as a "warm-hearted and exclusive community for singles and friends with STDS." It also promises confidentiality.
Victims have also reported money requests for health issues, family funeral arrangements, and a host of other bleak sounding circumstances.
But dating site scams aren't always based on finances.
It used to be parents who worried about their children being picked up by unsavory types in bars and other seedy hang-outs.