Online dating can be fun and exciting, but you’re looking for some dating advice online.
But meeting new people can also mean taking a risk. Especially with a computer and the entire Internet separating you from the person you’re trying to get to know.
The reality of it is that anyone in the world can throw up a profile and claim to be anyone or anything they like. But it doesn’t mean it’s true – no matter how normal or nice they seem. They can range from hormone driven teens to scammers who want to empty your pocketbook.
And worse, they can turn out to have a hidden or sinister agenda that’s never in your best interest.
That got us thinking and prompted us to put together a…
Whole Bunch Of Tips On How To Date Safely Online
Don’t give your personal information (including financial information) to anyone you don’t know.
Never send money, securities, stocks, gold, deeds, bank statements, jewelry, credit card statements or any other financial instrument to anyone you meet online – period.
Never wire money or give out your credit card numbers for any reason. Overseas scammers often request that you wire money because it’s almost impossible to trace.
Never give out your bank information.
NEVER give out your social security number, phone number, address, maiden name, stock broker, passwords or other personal info.
Don’t give out your place of work.
Do not post any personal contact information in your online dating profile.
When using your online dating account from a public computer, disable your auto-login feature and be sure to log out, clear the browser history and quit the browser when you’re done.
Stay anonymous until you feel ready – trust your instincts.
If you feel threatened, unsafe or encounter misbehavior, report the person to the dating website.
Never give out your password or username.
Use the member to member communication system of your dating website – do not use your personal email or other technology.
All dating websites allow you to block abusive or lewd members. If you can’t figure out how to do this, contact the dating site’s support people.
Be wary of things that don’t seem right or you can’t quite put your finger on – trust your instincts.
Other ‘Dating Advice Online’ Things To Look Out For (red flags))
The person quickly wants to chat or talk outside the dating site.
The person disappears from the dating site then is seen under a different name or picture.
The person talks about fate or destiny. For example, “It was fate that brought us together on this site.”
The person claims to be recently divorced or widowed.
The person requests your address or work information to send a gift or flowers.
The person makes a lot of spelling or grammar errors in their singles listing or while chatting or in their emails.
The person says they are from your country but is working, living, or traveling somewhere else in the world at the moment.
The person asks you for money or offers a “too good to be true” deal to you.
Meet in a public place.
Tips For Meeting An Online Friend For The First Time
Tell a friend or family member where you’re going, who you’re meeting and give them a reference to the page and website you used to meet this person.
Always meet in a public place – never, never, never in a private or remote location or someone’s home – period.
Take a friend along whose job isn’t to say much but who quietly analyzes the person you’re meeting.
Carry your mobile phone with you to the meeting.
Don’t consume alcoholic beverages before or during the meeting. Stay sober – don’t impair your judgment or ability to think.
Drive yourself or take a taxi – don’t agree to be picked up.
Don’t leave personal items alone with the person you are meeting. Things like credit cards, addresses and phone numbers can be stolen from purses, wallets, cell phones, pda’s, lap tops etc.
Don’t loan your phone to the person you are meeting.Protect the phone numbers, names and other information of your friends and relatives.
End the date in a public place. Never go back to their place or yours. If you are pressured to do so, end the date immediately and leave.
If you’re meeting someone over a long distance, stay in a hotel, use a taxi to move between the airport and hotel.
Keep your hotel and it’s whereabouts a secret and tell family and friends exactly where you will be staying, who you’re seeing and when you expect to be back.
OK that’s a lot to digest but the short version is this –> exercise caution and make sure your friends and family know what’s going on. Have fun, but be safe!
If you’ve got other tips to share with our readers, leave them in the comment section below.