Risk of Online Dating

There are some tried-and-true methods for avoiding scammers when engaging in online dating that you should consider. Even when you know yourself and what your goals are for online dating, there are people out there who will want to do you harm. But, this is true no matter how you get a date. There are ways to mitigate the risk of online dating.

Avoid Long-Distance Relationships – While it’s good to be open to possibilities, if you don’t have the means to travel easily to the place in question, you may want to avoid long-distance relationships – especially from other countries. Most scammers go after long-distance relationships because it’s harder to meet in person and that way they can take advantage in some way, usually by asking for money.

Don’t Give Out Personal Information – While they’re going to get some personal information from you easily just by having your picture and name, be careful about giving out your address, phone number, and other personal information directly on your profile. If they insist on having your personal info right off the bat, you can skip them as they may not have good intentions.

Listen to What People Say – Liars can never keep their lies straight. Therefore, listen carefully to what people say and match them their words to what they said in the past. You don’t want to engage them and fight with them about it; you just need to show it to yourself so that you know to move on. Don’t waste your time if you even think someone is a liar.

Watch Their Actions – As the old saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words.” If someone’s actions seem fishy, they probably are. If you have a weird feeling about someone, it’s probably accurate. If they make excuses, don’t want to meet, want to meet at strange times, or in strange places, it’s probably best to not talk to them at all.

Talk to Them First – Before meeting someone, talk to them on Skype or Facebook video. This is a good way to find out if they match their picture and to hear their voice. Sadly, if their English isn’t very good and they don’t look like their picture, they may be scammers. If they seem the same talking to them that they seemed in chat, then you’re probably good to go.

Check Out Their Photo – You can use a reverse image search by uploading their photo into TinEye to find out how many times the image has been used and by whom. This can stop scammers cold because scammers hardly ever use their own photos. If you find out that someone is using a false photo on your dating app, you can usually report them.

Meet in Person – Don’t put off meeting in person if you feel a connection with someone online that you’ve checked out and talked to. If they make excuses about meeting in person, then there may be a serious problem and they might not be who they say they are. Make sure your first meeting is in a well-lit public place. If they are afraid to meet in a place like that they could be scammers, married, or have other issues that you want no part of.

If you follow these tips, you’re going to be more likely to meet quality people and avoid being scammed. It’s very important to realize that both men and women get scammed, but women are more vulnerable to certain situations than others such as date rape.

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