Online dating safety is a huge concern for online daters. This is why some online daters will turn to a professional match making company. Safety concerns go beyond “physical” safety and security but also protecting one’s personal information, privacy and identity. There are thousands of “scammers and spammers” out there and you need to be careful and protect yourself by using some common sense as well as taking all precautions to protect your own personal and private information until you are comfortable enough to share it with your online dating partner. There are a few online dating safety tips that will help you to identify people to beware of. I have heard stories from so many men and women (mostly women) that have lost literally thousands of dollars by rescuing some person they had fallen in love with online that they had never met! It may seem shocking to most, but when you are vulnerable and are the type of person to believe anything that someone says to you; you are an easy prey or target for the online dating cons and scammers that exist out there. Online dating as also very hit and miss.
A few online dating safety tips include the following:
1. Use a separate email account that does not have any of your personal information. Doing this avoids any risk of the person accessing any personal or work contacts if your email is hacked.
2. Choose a good strong secure password to avoid account being compromised
3. It is often suggested for those “online dating” that they have a separate phone number just for online dating for security reasons. It is advisable to NOT give away your home phone number especially if you are listed and to give a cell phone until you have established a degree of trust with your potential partner.
4. Do not reveal too much about yourself so quickly whether it is through email, chat or over the phone. Be sure that information is also being shared and volunteered by your online dating partner. Are they hiding too much always asking YOU questions and not wanting to discuss themselves? Listen to your gut. Remember with online dating there is no actual screening of its members! Also, be aware of the challenges of online dating.
5. If someone asks you for money, to ship goods for them to another country or asks you to cash a money order or cheque, it is usually 100% of the time a SCAM! Be very wary of folowing through on ANY such activities. I have spoken with hundreds of single women (at the time) who were lonely, vulnerable, usually over 40, gullable and trusting that were dumped and heart broken, after wiring money to an overseas love for airfare or some medical, or tragic family emergency.