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Online Dating Dangers: Are You Dating A Criminal?

Oct 19, 2007
Since the advent of the Internet, many things had been achievable. From shopping online to online dating, everything comes in a snap with just one click.

Nevertheless, the most enjoyed feature of the Internet is the online dating. Many people are being hooked up on the Net just because of finding their love interest online. In fact, some surveys show that almost 40 million Americans are into online dating.

Hence, more and more people are encouraged by their friends and colleagues about the wonders that online dating had made on their single hood.

Moreover, more and more singles attest that it is better to find someone online than in a bar. It has been reported that only 2% of the male respondents have asserted that they found their special someone in a bar, while 9% of women have asserted the same.

The remaining percentage? They can be found online browsing different online dating sites.

However, even if online dating is growing at such unprecedented rate, many critics are still campaigning for the problems that online dating may cause.

The fact is that dating online could create false intimacy, precisely because you do not know the other person that well. In fact, you are not even sure if what he or she has been telling may not be true after all.

For this reason, the authorities and the society forewarn online daters about the possible dangers that may be lurking around in the Internet.

So for those who are not yet aware of the perils of online dating, here is a list of some probabilities that you really need to know:

1. You will never know that the other person is married

With online dating, an individual could pretend to be anybody. Thus, you will never know if he or she is really not married even if the person says so.

2. Money scams

The common victims in this kind of scam are men. Statistical reports say that nearly 63% of men engaged into online dating and are situated overseas have complained of meeting women online, falling for them, and after giving them almost everything, they can never hear from those women again.

So better be wary of people whom you constantly date online and then ask you money.

3. Felon lover

You could be falling for this guy, thinking that all of the charm the he is trying to describe to you online is based from his own personality. There could be some truth to it, but what you never know is that he could be a felon who has just escaped from the prison or who has not yet been caught by the police.

This could be really dangerous because when the time comes that he requested you to meet him offline, and it so happens that you have fallen in love with him, you will never know what danger awaits you.

4. Sheer annoyance

What most online daters do not know is that there are many ways that a tech-savvy person could do in order to generate personal information from the other person. Through this, the person who has no intention of prolonging the nice-guy image online would instantly start harassing the person.

However, even if it does not cause any possible harm to the person because it only happens online, you still do not know how capable this person is in causing so much trouble. Besides, if he was able to obtain some personal information about you without even giving it to him, chances re, he might just show up on your doorstep.

5. Identity theft

There are many cases of online dating where the fraudulent people try to lure their online dates into believing that they like them, develop a special bond, and once they have gotten some personal information from them like their social security number, they can readily make use of their credit cards.

In fact, some surveys show that there are instances wherein some online daters could even use the personal information that they were able to generate in making personal transactions with the bank in behalf of the concerned person.

These are just a few of the dangers that online daters should take into consideration. Just keep in mind that what you cannot see may definitely hurt you.
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