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Lessons in online dating from Manti Te'o Hoax

By now, you've all heard about Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o and his fake girlfriend, whom he "met" online. It's a bizarre story, to say the least, and we may never really learn the full truth. Manti claims he was a victim and that he was heartbroken to learn that his girlfriend passed away (only to resurface living and breathing some time later).

The speculation on whether Manti was in on the plot continues. Nonetheless, here are 4 quick tips to not end up like Manti Te'o:

Check the Pic. Search the photo you've received via Google images to see if it's being used somewhere else too.

Verify Employment. Find out where your date works, then call after hours, dial by name, and make sure the voicemail voice matches the person you've been speaking with on the phone.

Get Offline. The point of online dating is to speed up the process of getting to meet someone because you're too busy to hit the bar, the blind date arranged by friends, the whatever. The goal is to date. In person. Skip the long distance loves at this stage. You want your date in town, available and ready to meet within 2-weeks in person

Watch the Labels. If you haven't met in person, then keep your feelings in check. Don't start labeling people you've never met your girlfriend or boyfriend; wait to do that in person. Hopefully, if that's what you want, that's where it'll go but let it happen naturally.