The Bayou Renaissance Man has a post up about online dating sites. It appears that some of them aren't honest about who is talking to who. Imagine that! Let me tell you a story:
Back in 2001, I had a female acquaintance who was convinced her boyfriend was cheating on her. She knew what he liked, and she knew that he regularly traveled for business, and asked for my help.
I was amused at the challenge, so we set up a fake account on a dating site that we thought he might be using. Over the course of a couple of weeks, she looked at the contacts on that posting, and began chatting with a man that she thought was her boyfriend, who was also using an alias.
She agreed to meet him at a lounge in a nice hotel near where he was on a business trip. She did, in fact, drive across the state to keep the date, met him at the appointed place, and broke up with him on the spot. I understand that it was quite a dramatic event, at least from her telling me the details later. Evidently, she caused quite a scene in the lounge. It was an Oscar-winning performance.
So, the idea that dating sites are a false-flag operation is nothing new. In online dating, as in all other affairs of the heart, caveat emptor.