Are dating sites safe?
Even thought most dating sites are genuine and the vast majority of its members are honest and sincere in their quest for love, friendship and companionship, there are a few people who join dating sites but have hidden agendas like committing fraud, scamming or sexually harassing unsuspected members.
Some of the ways you can use to keep safe while on a dating site include;
Only Join Reputable Dating Sites
With numerous dating sites available today, it is important to join a dating site that is reputable and credible.
The dating site you wish to join must be one which has a physical address and telephone contacts to enable you contact them when needed. In addition, any good dating site should be one which is a member of a registered dating association.
You’re Dating Profile
Even though it is advised that you should be as honest as possible when creating a dating profile, try not to make it obvious by sharing important and private information such as your contact details and other important information such as your home physical address. Make such information only available on request.
Communication on the Dating Site
When contacted by anyone, it’s important to take your time and not let your emotions and excitement get over you. Don’t be quick in providing your private information like contact details until you are certain that the person you are in contact with has genuine intentions.
Knowing People Who Are Not Genuine In Dating Sites
People who seem to ask you questions regarding your finances, bank account or credit cards are probably fraudsters. Block them from any future communication and report them to the site administrators.
Many scammers on dating sites will first seem like genuine friends and later begin offering you amazing deals like investments with quick returns or even tell you sob stories about their past with the intention of you helping them out financially.
Most sexual predators on dating sites will be willing to offer you favors like money, expensive tickets and promise of gifts.
Before meeting anyone you have been chatting with on a dating site, it is important to inform your friend about it and ensure you meet in a public place during the day.
Before the meet, it is important to do a little research on them by searching them on other social media sites and via search engines to find out whether the information they are sharing with you matches what’s online.
Are dating sites safe? It all depends on how you handle your safety online.