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Potential Risks Of Online Dating

Jul 4, 2008
Online dating has bridged the gap between sections of people by bringing them closer and helping them interact online. This method of dating has been used by young and old and is very convenient to befriend someone, which you can take further if you feel the need.

However, using these online dating services have their own hazards which you need to be aware of. We will discuss a few points to make you aware of the potential risks for online dating.

False information
Whoever registers for these online dating sites have a profile and sometimes also a photograph to attract the other online users and make them respond? You need to be cautious, as many of them tend to hide their age, background and other vital information.

It is highly essential that the site you register with, have rules and regulations for all their users so that they do not give any false information and cause harm to the rest. Sites that profess a background check on their members are safer to use.

Scams
You may have come across several people who respond to your profiles and once you start communicating with them they start asking for money. This is mostly prevalent with male members who are contacted by females who are involved in money swindling rackets.

Once the amount is sent to these racketeers the member does not hear any more from them. This is one of the high potential risks for online dating.

Do not reveal personal information
Be careful to only give necessary information and not divulge personal information like your telephone number or address.

The person you are dating online could be a pervert, a loser, a criminal, a psycho or a rapist and it will not take them much time to track you down. This is another high potential risks for online dating.

Do not encourage pushy people
Sometimes you might find people who communicate first are the ones who have a wrong bent of mind. If they are being too pushy in getting your personal details discontinue your communication with them.

These people could be a danger to your life. Often they will ask for your email addresses so that they can send lot of spam before disappearing.

Fix the meeting in a crowded area
If you do feel the need to meet your online date, do so with the knowledge of your loved ones. Make sure you inform your family about this meeting and arrange it in a crowded place for your own safety.

Take your own transportation and do not let the date drop you at your destination so that they can locate your whereabouts. If possible try and take a friend along or instruct your friend to keep a check on you every 5 minutes by giving you a call.
About the Author
Rodrigo Rehn is a Linux Systems Administrator, Web Programmer, PHP Developer and CEO of FaceRomance online dating services for singles.
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