Whitter has since disappeared and has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
The Whitter case illustrates the issue: When you are dating online, you have to be aware that the person that you are communicating with might not be who they say they are.
When using this medium, you can quickly feel as if you have gotten to know the person you are talking with and feel a very intimate level of trust, like I did with my husband.
A recent Canadian news story shows a darker side to this, however.
Almost everyone in the United States has some sort of Internet presence that when pieced together creates a real identity.
It is very rare that someone would have no Internet presence at all.
I have been to four weddings of couples who met and fell in love using online dating sites. Unfortunately, like many other facets of online life, dating scams have increased dramatically.
Eventually, a photo search revealed that the photo had been lifted from the social media site of an unwitting 22 year old woman named Diane O'Meara.Video chatting with a person that you meet online is a common, normal practice in online dating.In fact, all the couples I know who met online said that their first real conversations were over the phone or by video chat.If you do basic research, such as conducting a search using a portal such as or looking through social media sites, and can't find anything about a person, that is a red flag.Even most social media sites that allow strict privacy settings will at least show you the first page of a person's profile.Friends who typically just occasionally "like" a person's posts but do not have frequent, regular banter with them are most likely just acquaintances.