I for certain know that I wouldn't trust my $ to Elitemate.com (and I never did because of their strangely "too good to be true" environment like this:
- daily bombarding with generic emails from a wide range of people of whom many don't read the profile
- better looking women than a realistic random sample
- high price and "fancy web design" (although, ineffective)...
- even with the significant lack of self-description the emails from people are still received as if they're interested, for example: How would you like for $49/month to chat with someone who is 12 years older, smokes, drinks, mismatching height, and lives far away in a different state while you're 20 and health-conscious?!!. (extreme, yet accurate, real example). That was the most total mismatch I've ever seen, but the email looked friendly.
WARNING!!! - Typical pattern: many women most likely get paid by the co. to send emails, tho never have any intention of "personal interest". Proof - specifically I expressed on my free profile that I was not gonna be interested in anyone from either far away or just a different state because of my current lifestyle and then when I deleted my picture (which normally means theoretically that I'm not that interested in finding anyone), but still I was getting frequent emails from random people [women] around the country. So in order to answer to these emails, I would've been required to pay $49 - right... dream on... And also I've heard that some other sites have a similar scheme to which people complained.
Than I joined a more credible site, where I almost got no mail for many days, while my profile on this site was far more competitive and attractive with detailed description of everything than on elitemate.com.
Now, do you see the difference?
Advice: Beware and always detect any apparent pattern of a scam by comparing and questioning why certain things happen or would not be happening and applying it to a realistic situation.