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How To Stay Safe When Dating Online


With a plethora of sites devoted to dating, the Internet is ripe for romance, but it's also prone to and rip-offs too. How do you avoid your heart and your wallet being scammed?  Start by taking these precautions.

Do Go Long Distance
Staying local drastically reduces your odds of being scammed, since most scammers target victims outside their areas to avoid being caught or prosecuted. So if you're looking for free dating, opt for sites focused near your area, or where you can choose to match with only people in your locality.

Never Reveal Personal Information
Whilst it is tempting to want to tell someone your everything, talking online might seem good at the time, but it can come with pitfalls. You never really know who is at the other end of those messages, or if they're who they say they are. Never reveal personal data to someone until you meet face-to-face and develop a level of trust.

Reverse Search Their Images
This is an easy thing to do and can show any fake images straight away. Copy their image links and paste into Google Reverse Search to see if it comes up anywhere else. If innocent, it may show as the persons social media profiles, or other online accounts - but if their account is fake, you could end up finding their 'image' being used on other websites and stock photo sites. 

Choose The Right Site
There are a lot of online dating sites, and it's important to pick one out that suits for you. Companies, such as matchmehappy, which is free to join, has a solid infrastructure and AI technology to keep people safe from nasty scammers so you always know you're talking to who they say they are.

Be Suspicious Of Emailing
If someone is persistent in wanting to take you messages onto another platform, such as email or social media, then be wary of that. They may be trying to fish for information, and dating sites can't help you if you don't stay within their site. And if they do email you, don't open any email attachments as you may unwittingly have allowed a virus to infect your computer.

Do They Sound To Far Fetched
There are an increasing number of scams in which con artists pretend to be trustworthy members of the military. They might talk about being currently abroad and ask for money to help them get the right paperwork, travel to visit you, or anything else. If they sound fake, then they probably are. Never, ever wire money to a stranger.

Don't Fall For Sob Stories
We've all seen this happen in the news, and I'm sure we all think that we're not stupid enough to fall for it. But vulnerable people are sometimes taken in by these scams so it's best to be aware. Many scammers might claim to have lost a spouse, or a child in an accident, or have a relative who is really ill, and they need a little bit of cash to help them plan, before they're paid out. They might say that they're on their way to visit you, but that their credit card has been declined and they need you to wire them some money so they can travel to you. 

4 comments:

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