Guys On Dating Websites Are Pretending To Be Bankers — Here's How You Spot Them

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Online dating can be murky stuff.You think you’re setting up a date with a recent Columbia grad who just accepted a position at DE Shaw and the next thing you know, you’re sitting across a 43 year-old bartender who lives in Queens with his mum.

Surprise!

Luckily, The NY Observer found someone who can help. Maria Coder, a former investigative reporter, is a professional InvestiDater.

She will help you find that 43 year-old, and send him back to mummy where he belongs. Coder used to be a crime reporter — enough said. On her site, she has compiled resources for those looking to do the necessary dirty work (from the NYO):

“It can be a lot of fun, but it does come with certain dangers too,” Ms. Coder told Betabeat yesterday by phone, on a furtive break from her day job as a publicist. “I started to get concerned about myself dating Joe Shmoe off the Internet and not knowing what could happen to me or my friends.”

And those Joe Shmoe’s — the ones pretending to be someone — tend to pretend to be veterans (who doesn’t love a soldier) and investment bankers. For the soldiers, she suggests doing a quick background check with StolenValor.com, Archives.gov. For the bankers, use the FINRA broker database, BrokerCheck.

That’s not the only scam out there. Check out these other online dating deceptions designed to empty your wallet>

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