The now well-known term wasn’t a reference to the Chinese calendar; rather, it was a bordering-on-crass idiom coined to define 40-plus women with a predilection for younger gentlemen.
Although the US-based magazine reasoned that the cougar-craze was a fad destined for cultural oblivion, the article offered up an intriguing explanation for the newfound popularity of older woman/younger man relationships.
Unfortunately, before you find your prince (or princess), you have to eliminate the frogs.
"Romance" scammers, sometimes referred to as "sweetheart" scammers take advantage of vulnerable people, especially divorced women over 40, by posing as an eligible romantic prospect. Scammers may use a fake name or steal the identity of a real person.
Now that you’ve made your choice of which site or sites to use, how do you write your profile? Also, remember, you will want something left to discuss when you finally meet.
Another note on privacy: Don’t ever give out your full name, email, address or phone number online.
And on the subject of taking your time—take time to revise, spell check and correct the grammar of your profile. How would you feel if you thought you were meeting a man who described himself as “athletic” and “wealthy” but, when he showed up, had a Budweiser belly and lived in his kid’s basement? Unless you are truly “legally separated” (in that you live apart from your spouse), don’t say you are.
You don’t want to look like (or attract) an ignoramus. If you are short, say so (though you might consider ‘petite’ if you are a thin woman) and if you have truly strong political beliefs, better write “liberal” or “conservative” so you won’t have a fistfight over your dinner conversation. There are people who will go out with you if you are married.
The system will ask what you’re looking for (women seeking men, etc.), which country you live in and your zip code.
This gives them a good reason for why they cannot meet their intended in person.
Romance scams are a long form of social engineering.
According to finding from the Pew Research Center, 59 % of adult survey participants agree that online dating is a good way to meet someone.
And online dating is not just a young person’s game, in that same report, researchers found that: 8% of adults age 45-54, 6% of adults age 55-64 and 3% of adults age 65 and over used online dating sites.
Wait till you are in a better mental space before you write your profile.