12 Safety Tips for Online Dating

Safety Tips for Online Dating1. Don’t pursue a long-distance relationship with a stranger online. Most scammers target  victims outside their areas to avoid being caught or prosecuted.

2. Never reveal personal data to someone until  you meet face-to-face and develop a level of trust. While it’s tempting  to share every detail of your life with a person you think you could be  in love with, that’s exactly what the scammer is counting on.

3. Pay attention to language. Many overseas scammers do not have a  good command of the  English language, so should be considered a “red flag”.

4. Use search engines to check out suitors. Cut and paste an email from the online date  into Google. The person’s name or message wording may come up on one of the several websites devoted to romance scams.

5. Be suspicious if  someone wants to immediately start communicating through instant messaging and email.  They may want access to your computer in order to steal information.

6. Be suspicious of someone who claims to be a soldier. There are an increasing number  of scams in which con artists take photos of soldiers from social  networking sites and then pretend to be trustworthy members of the  military. They’ll ask potential dates for money to buy special papers  they claim are needed to come home or talk to family.

7. Don’t open attachments from a stranger. If someone sends you a photo in an attachment  and you open it, you may have unwittingly allowed a virus to infect your computer.

8. Don’t fall for a sob story. Many scammers claim to have lost a spouse, child, or parent  in an accident or say they have a relative who is very ill. Another  common ploy, is that your suitor is at the airport on his way to visit  you, but his credit card has been declined.

9. Talk to your date by telephone as soon as possible. Someone who sounds plausible online  may be an obvious fraud on the phone.

10. Check online sites dedicated to dating and romance scams. If your date has conned  others, he may show up there.

11. Report any suspicious behavior or fraud to the Federal Trade Commission or to your local police department.

12. Never wire money to a stranger. Never.

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