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How to safely date online

By 10th May 2017Aug 17th, 2021No Comments

If you’ve decided to take the plunge into online dating it’s better to be safe than sorry. Although it’s very forward thinking and many people have found happiness this way, however, a few people have also become victims of cybercrime. Here is a how you can avoid that.

Don’t judge a book by its cover

On the internet, it’s easier to judge by looks than it is in person. But be weary, most crooks will steal the identity of a conventionally good looking person to swoon you and get personal information out of you.

Rather Skype with the person to see if the picture matches what they actually look like.

Protect your Identity

You wouldn’t give personal information out to a stranger over the telephone, so why would you do so over the Internet? It is best to use your first name only during initial conversations and provide more detailed personal information only after you’ve met in person and gotten to know one another well. Legitimate online daters will understand the reasons for doing this and will be doing the same themselves. Also, when you decide to give someone your phone number online, use your cell, rather than your home or work phone. If things don’t work out, it’s easier to block a caller or get a new number.

Don’t tell them anything you would tell the bank

Never provide your last name, address, or other personal or financial information to a person you have not met. And never, under any circumstances, give money to someone you don’t know well and have not met in person. This applies to anyone you meet online, regardless of whether it is within the confines of an Internet dating or other sites. Beware of any potential partner who asks you directly for cash, or to cash a money order or check.

Online dating can be a wonderful way to meet someone special with whom to share your life. Taking the time to do it well and protect yourself is a matter of common sense and the best way to ensure that your online dating experience is safe, satisfying, and successful. And if you ever need a reminder, check out this image from SaveTnet:

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