“I was the victim of a nine-month virtual romance,” Schulman said. “During which time I suggested video chatting and offered to purchase a webcam for her. All along the way I heard any number of excuses about why it couldn’t happen. It never dawned on me that everything this person was saying could possibly be untrue.”
Which is why Adam LoDolce, a Boston-based “dating confidence coach,” adamantly advises his clients to meet people the old-fashioned way: Approach them and say hello.
“A lot of dating coaches focus on online. My focus is offline,” LoDolce says. “For thousands of years, we managed to meet people in everyday settings. It may sound old-fashioned, but if people don’t want to get scammed by an Internet romance, don’t look for love on the Internet.”