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"But that's a fake profile my ex has set up to get back at me."If it was just me, that would be one thing. That's what makes it even scarier."So far, none of the men have gained entry to the building.
But the unwelcome visits have become so unbearable the woman is moving to a new apartment to try to escape the harassment."Thank God, they've all been pretty decent," she said of the strangers who have come to her building."I tell them it's a fake profile and the police are coming, and they take off pretty fast.
She shudders with fear every time the buzzer in her apartment sounds, terrified the next stranger at the door looking for sex won't take no for an answer.
The young mother believes her ex-boyfriend has set up a series of fake dating profiles under her name, encouraging men to arrive at the apartment for late-night sexual encounters."My main concern is my safety, because if he sends the wrong sex-crazed maniac to my house …
In the span of four evenings, more than 30 strangers showed up unannounced.
The incidents have been reported to Edmonton police and are being investigated.'It could get pretty dangerous'"They're buzzing and saying that they're here for the meet-ups that they had arranged on Plenty of Fish," the woman said, referring to the online dating site.When someone says online dating, one of the first sites that comes to mind is Ok Cupid.It is estimated that there are about 30 million total users, with roughly 1 million unique users logging in every day.I spoke with Christina, 28, about her experience dating as a young woman.When she was 20 she met a man who initially told her he was 32.The profiles first go through automated screening software, which flags both traits in the profile, such as certain ethnicities, and things that aren't visible in the profile, such as certain IP addresses and even certain passwords that scammers seem to like more than other people.