Online Dating Safety
Online Dating has been around for almost 20 years now. It has grown from a once-taboo way to meet singles to one of the best socially acceptable ways for singles looking for love to meet. However, with the good comes some bad. Over the years, scammers have taken advantage of people letting their guard down looking for love. From asking for money to leading them on (whilst using a fake picture and profile), if you can think of it, it has been done.
Fortunately for such sites like eHarmony and PerfectMatch.com, you don’t have to worry about scammers as much as you would with other dating sites. Generally speaking, the frauds and scams are relegated to the free online dating sites. Meaning sites you can join for free and not have to pay anything. eHarmony and other high-end online dating websites charge a premium for their memberships, and scammers tend to stay away. We’re not saying that you can completely drop your guard on eHarmony, but the chances are a lot less.
Therefore we would like to offer you a few tips for being safe when pursuing a romantic interest in an online dating site. Here are a few tips on how you can be safe when using an online dating site.
1. NEVER give out your personal information to anyone who asks for it. It’s just common sense.
2. Never give out your credit card, bank info or anything of the sort.
3. Scammers are masters at manipulating people’s emotions. Therefore if someone asks you for money or anything out of the ordinary….let common sense be your guide.
4. For the first few dates, agree to meet in a public place….such as a library, coffee shop or other highly lit place. Going to a bar on a first date and consuming alcohol probably isn’t the best idea. Whilst intoxicated you could make bad decisions that you wouldn’t normally make whilst sober.
5. Use COMMON SENSE. Vet the person out, talk to them over the phone, if you have to get a throwaway phone number. Prepaid cell phones are great for this. Google offers something called “Google voice” and you can get a free telephone number that you can forward to your main number. The person calling the Google Voice number will not see your main number, and you can block that person at a future date if you so choose. You can also use a “throwaway” email address. Create a Gmail or Yahoo email account strictly used for your online dating experiences.
Keeping your head on your shoulders is imperative when meeting people from any online dating site. We’re not trying to scare you from joining and participating in one, we’re just asking that you use common sense so that you won’t wind up becoming a statistic. I personally have used various online dating sites (eharmony, match.com) for over 15 years and I have not once encountered a scammer. I have gone out on hundreds of dates. Some good, some not so good. I chalk up my success to just paying attention to what’s going on around me. We wish you the best of luck in your endeavours.