According to a 2007 poll conducted by ChristiaNet.com, some are - but most aren't.
Of the 313 poll respondents, 134 stated they were leery of dating sites in general because of past negative experiences, while another 122 responded that dating sites were not trustworthy. Only 57 of those polled from the faith-based site answered they did believe dating sites are trustworthy.
Still, finding a safe dating personals site shouldn't be a challenge for singles looking for a mate online, as there are numerous companies now catering to this concerned marketplace. Take, for instance, True.com, whose front page proudly proclaims, "We can't guarantee criminals won't get on the site, but we can guarantee they'll be sorry if they do." And not that long ago dating giant Match.com agreed to start screening for sex offenders in their database, in response to an ongoing court battle over a second date rape that occurred after the two folks on the date met via Match.com.
So what do you think? Can dating sites be trusted? Should dating sites do more about keeping their members safe, or is it more in the hands of the singles using their systems? Share your date safe tips, or let us know in the comments about your experiences.