Online Dating Crime Prevention. Things you need to know!


Dating scams occur each and every day. Experienced scammers are out there. Protect yourself now.

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.

Deborah Nelson of Colorado Springs, CO, knows first-hand the shock of this terrifying scenario and is helping prevent it from happening to others. In her true story, “Oops, I married a Con Artist,” Nelson proves that now, more than ever, singles need to know the identity of the people they are dating. The crime of identity theft in financial transactions is costly, but is also beginning to infect personal relationships, especially amongst the dating population

There are a few online dating tools that will help you feel more relaxed and secure when dating online. Even paid sites attract all kids of potential scammers and cons. Don’t be fooled into thinking that because someone PAYS a $20 – $60.00 monthly fee to use an online dating site that they are serious or legitimate. After all, that’s a rather small investment when what they are really after is your emotional loyalty and thousands of dollars of your “trust” money.

We’d love to hear your stories and experiences relating to online dating safety and personal identity concerns. If you discovered a scam artist or were a victim of a scam, please share your experience with us.

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This article was originally published at Dating Love and Sex Tips . Reprinted with permission from the author.