To be fair about this, there are scammers at ALL dating sites who try (and some succeed) to take advantage of lonely people.
It seems to make sense that scammers would prefer a free site. If the scammer happens to get banned from a free site, he or she can easily create another account using a different email address.
A larger percentage of free dating site members are players.
By “players” I mean people who are attached, just wanna get laid, or people who are just plain flaky.
Obviously, you’re going to find players at both free and paid sites. I could be wrong, but I would think that paid dating sites attract a more serious segment of the singles crowd.
Generally speaking, people who pay for things tend to have a different mindset than freebie seekers.
Married people gravitate toward free sites.
Just like scammers, married men and women join both free and paid dating sites.
However, free sites may be more attractive for married people because there’s no paper trail. Because they don't have to use a credit or debit card, it’s easier for cheaters to hide their attempts at infidelity.
The functionality of a free dating site may be inferior to paid sites.
I've seen multiple reports of some PlentyOfFish users having their accounts mysteriously deleted.
And I spoke earlier about security and privacy issues.
Speaking of functionality…
I've seen reviewers complain about canceling a paid site subscription but still getting re-billed.
Actually, this sort of thing happens with many different types of paid subscription programs.
It important to obtain back-up documentation when you cancel any kind of subscription. If you don’t receive documentation upon cancellation, you need to follow up to make sure you won’t be billed again.
Here's the bottom line…
You’ll find people on both sides of the free dating sites vs paid sites argument.
I’m going to avoid labeling one as superior to the other because it mostly depends on what YOU are looking for. I hope I’ve at least done a good job giving you some information to help draw your own conclusion.