We can all help keep each other safe by reporting dating scams.
These recommendations are just for a snapshot in time.
It's pretty hard for any site these days (especially the big ones) to stop fake profiles and scammers from signing up, but I think I get what you're after.
There are a lot of adult dating sites that don't have a lot of users, or use sneaky marketing tactics like the bait and switch you're referring to.
Good sites can go bad, and those I don't recommend may improve.
And when I clicked on a picture, the city and/or state changed to someplace nearby... There has to be a legitimate adult dating site out there. "Welcome, Stephen, and thanks to my colleague, sexuality expert Cory Silverberg, for sending you my way.
To answer your question: it depends on what you mean by legitimate.
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.
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.
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.