Finding a potential partner has become much easier these days thanks to the Internet. All you have to do is to create an account and bingo you can start putting your profile up for search by your future date and eventually partner. However, using dating apps for free also has its s issues that can jeopardize yoru own safety if you do not take the necessary precautions. Here are some tips for ensuring a safe dating.
Know how scams work
Scammers tend to create bogus online profiles to attract your interest. They either use a fictional name or falsely adopt the identity of another person. One way of detecting a scam is when they express strong emotions for you in a short period of time and then try to move your relationship away from your website to a more private channel like phone, email, or instant messaging.
Check if it is their real profile
Make sure that the uploaded profile picture looks realistic. Watch out for professional photos. Amateur photos are the way to go and make sure there is more than one. There are some websites that can help you check the legitimacy of profile pictures from dating apps for free. Just upload the photo and use face recognition technology to see if there are other matching photos online.
Don’t share personal details
If you are talking to someone you contacted online, careful not to share your personal information such as your credit card details and bank information which can be used to access financial information. Make sure that your profile will not include your last name, email address, home address, phone number, work location, and others.
Take it slow
Watch out if the other person wants to rush things. These people will play on your sympathy and strike you when you are most vulnerable. Also watch out if the other person wants to use instant messaging or email very soon after initial contact. Be wary if they profess strong feelings after a short time and ass to chat with in a private session. Create a unique email address different from your personal or professional address for your dating profile.
Don’t give them money
Some people will ask for money from you. It is recommended not to do so no matter how convincing they appear to be. When you give in and send them money, you will not be able to get it back because you have been scammed.
Report fake online profiles
Research reveals that almost two-thirds of fake profiles reported are blocked or removed. Fake profiles use the details of trusted individuals such as military personnel or medical professionals. Watch out for people who disappeared from the site and comes back using a different profile.