Many dating sites have added verification features to help site members feel safer about scammers.
Unfortunately, it does the exact opposite.
There are tons of FREE phone numbers and on-line services for on-line texting purposes out there, such as http://receive-sms-online.com/
These services allow scammers to "verify" a phone number that they don't own, to receive verification codes. This "verifies" them to the site, and then broadcasts that they are a verified member.
The result of this is individuals become more susceptible to scammers because they believe that these verifications mean something that they do not.
So be warned, just because a profile is verified, does not mean the person has been!