February 14, 2018 | Becki Hooper | Blog

How to Stay Safe When Dating Online


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Using online dating platforms can be both exciting and intimidating at the same time. You want to be forward and put yourself out there, but you do not want to expose personal details risking your safety or privacy. As online dating becomes increasingly popular, the possibility of being involved in an unfortunate incident also increases, however this should not hinder your chances of meeting someone special online. Follow our tips to stay safe when using online dating services.

Safety Tips:

Don’t Sign Up to Any Website!

It is important to make sure a dating website is reputable before signing up and sending over personal information.  Only use websites you trust, this can be determined by the information included within the privacy policy. Whilst signing up to a dating website isn’t quite the same as applying for a credit card, these websites collect a huge amount of user data which is valuable to hackers.

Beware of Catfishes!

Scam artists can pose online as the perfect date, while they lure you into a relationship in order to steal your personal information and money. Here are some warning signs which could indicate the person you’re talking to isn’t who they say they are;

Unbelievably Beautiful – If their profile photo looks like something out of Vogue magazine, proceed with caution.

A Life of Tragedies and Traumas –Many false profiles will entice people by pulling on their heart strings and making them feel guilt.

Sudden Cancellations –If you make plans to meet up but something unexpected always arises, perhaps the person you are talking to has something to hide.

No Camera? – If a person cannot send impromptu selfies of them, or video chat when requested in this day and age, this is a huge warning sign. It is rare for someone to have a computer but not a phone without a camera these days.

Moving Too Quickly? – Instant attraction and sudden proclamations of love can be a way to lure a person into a relationship.

Asking for Money – A catfish could use many excuses to ask for money including; an injury, for a child, financial problems, a sudden illness, victim of a crime and many more.

Be Careful With Your Details

Be wary of the personal information you share on dating websites, avoid giving out your full name, address or phone number. It is vital to never disclose financial information with anyone on a dating website. For more information watch this video on over sharing –www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1NQPUk1CHo&feature=youtu.be

Share Photos Wisely

A picture definitely speaks 1000 words, so be careful when sharing your photos on dating websites, and online generally. Photo’s can often include identifiable details such street signs, house numbers or car license plates. Photos can often reveal your location, putting your security at risk.

Block and Report Suspicious People

If you believe a user is scammer or is acting suspiciously, use the services provided by the dating website to block and report them. Reporting a suspicious user could prevent them from scamming others as well as yourself.

Online dating can be fun and has helped many find love, however users should keep in mind that not everyone on these platforms are who they claim to be, or have good intentions. It is important to follow these tips and keep the risks in mind, in order to help spot a scammer before you lose money and become a statistic.

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