They may be sold to a different owner who uses different standards or may engage in some of those shady practices to boost membership and use. You simply have to watch your back on any online dating site.

Always be wary of the signs of an internet dating scam.

For 50-plus types unwilling to walk — possibly rewalk — the path that leads to romance, rings and relocation, the prospect of a "friend with benefits" is looking less and less like a millennial indulgence.

We've all seen them - the ads show a bevy of beautiful women in your area, but when you sign up, you realize that the women were just ads that were geographically targeted to your search preferences.

Even sites that may once have been good can go bad.

Are you looking for an adult dating site that caters to adult encounters or casual sex, that isn't full of scammers or fake profiles?

If that's the case, I'll admit it's pretty hard to find.

How and where can someone interested in the possibilities get started?

Let’s take a closer look at the answers to all of these questions and more.

Good sites can go bad, and those I don't recommend may improve.

Of course, new sites will debut that may or may not be of merit.

My first recommendation would be to try Lavalife's Intimate Encounters section; you sign up with them and then decide which of the three sections you want to be a part of (Dating, Relationships or Intimate Encounters).