Like using any online service, (such as ebay) you do your homework, read feedback etc. and make your informed decision.
If you do that then you wont get scammed, simple as. I've not been scammed from AW yet (touch wood
As said above post, AW is certainly a fantastic resource with the biggest bonus being that it is national.
Maye the OP (original poster) only punts locally - which is why he subscribed to alerts - but is there a local alternative to AW for him ??
Up in Scotland here, there are many 'escort' sites, but you just don't know what pics are fake etc as there is no discussion.
This is where forums like this one come in handy, and luckily there seems to be a few scots on here to help out !