Although much of what’s written about online dating safety is directed at women, it’s an important issue for men as well. Perverts, sexual predators and weirdoes come in both sexes, all sizes, and all ages…as do, liars and cheaters. The growing trend of identity theft both online and off can affect men as well as women. A healthy dose of paranoia is a good trait to have when joining any online dating site.
One oft repeated warning is to not readily give out personal information to strangers. The reason is because there are many strangers out there who want that information. In a world where there are many hackers on the Internet, registering with an online dating service is just another way these criminals may get to your personal information. If other members can obtain personal information through the online dating service, this can be potentially used to harass or even injure the members.
Generally, when your using an online dating service it is important to keep everything as private as possible! It’s suggested that you guard your real name, address, phone number, and place of employment. Do not give that information to anyone online until you are confident that they are who they say they are. Be careful if asked where you live. It may be a trick to lure more information out of you to use later on.
If you come across a person who is giving out personal information and asking others to do the same, don’t do it. You don’t know what they want to use it for… and you had better believe they want to use it for something. That “something” will not be for your benefit. It may be their attempted identity theft is to use your info to commit other crimes on the internet. For example, if they can figure out enough of your information to obtain your credit card number and pin, they can then use that to make purchases under your name.
Men, be wary of women who seem too financially needy. If they ask for money, in any of a dozen ways women can ask for money, cut the relationship off immediately. They are not looking for love or even friendship… they are looking for financial help. There may even be a fraud taking place when one member asks another to fund their trip to meet the other in their hometown. They might just keep the funds and never show up at the destination.
If a woman gives you a contact number but you cannot ever reach her at that number, beware. If you always have to page them or text them and have them call you back, this could be a sign that what they are telling you is not the complete truth.
If the woman is pushing too hard for a commitment you aren’t ready to make, it might be a good time to head for the nearest exit. They may be as many women online who feel a need to get married or are otherwise insecure in relationships as there are offline.
Online dating can be fun, exciting, and even addicting! But these are some things you should look out for to keep your online dating experience a good one. The last thing you want from your online dating experience is to avoid getting stuck with a person you cannot get rid of or caught up in a crime that you did not commit!