"Always bear in mind that the other person is a stranger.Take your time to really get to know someone, and ensure he or she is who they say they are.” “If you even get a gut feeling that something is not quite right, ask a friend for advice and their opinion.Beyond that "danger" factor, the other stigmas surrounding online dating apparently aren't dead yet.Of those polled, 31 percent thought online dating gives people too many choices to settle down.Sometimes our mind can trick us into thinking we've met the perfect match when in fact we are being conned by a scam-artist.” "Don’t be afraid to research someone you meet online.Use Google Images to check whether the photos they are using belong to someone else and check social media sites to ensure they really exist.“It’s really important to keep all dialogue restricted to the messaging services on the website.
For many finding true love or just someone fun to hang out is best experienced through an unexpected meeting.published a disturbing story about a 53-year-old California grandmother and widow who had gotten swept up in one of the oldest cons in the book: the sweetheart swindle. In no time at all, she received a message from a man going by the name of John, who claimed to be a 60-year-old widowed engineer from Colorado. He showered her with compliments, charmed her, and declared that she was "the one." Months later, John said that he had to make a business trip to Africa.He was rocked by a series of emergencies soon after.And yet, 45 percent of the people polled still saw online dating as "dangerous" compared to other ways of meeting people. Twenty-eight percent of users reported being contacted by someone who harassed them or made them feel uncomfortable.Women were more likely to experience said harassment (which would explain why they are more likely to see online dating as dangerous).Instead of finding a middle-aged Coloradan, the widow found a college-aged Ghanaian.