Sometimes our mind can trick us into thinking we've met the perfect match when in fact we are being conned by a scam-artist.” "Don’t be afraid to research someone you meet online.
Use Google Images to check whether the photos they are using belong to someone else and check social media sites to ensure they really exist.
But despite the potential risks, two experts in the field say there is no need to shy away from online dating as long as precautions are taken.
Nick Tsinonis, co-founder of Scamalytics, which creates software designed to prevent scammers from targeting people on online dating sites, offered a range of advice as to how to stay safe while interacting with a prospective date online.
S.) to calculate which states are "most" and "least" dangerous for online dating. This isn't to say that you should delete Tinder or Ok Cupid from your phone if you're in an area that this report calls subpar for online dating.
No matter where you are, it's important to stay safe when you're playing the field.
“Don’t let your heart get in the way of basic common sense,” says Siciliano.
After four years of dating as an age 50-plus single, Sue Barenholtz knows what she’s looking for in a companion.
“I have a list of things I must have before I even consider going out with a man,” says Barenholtz, who runs a Phoenix-based social community for Baby Boomer women (Wild Boomer Women.com).
"Always bear in mind that the other person is a stranger.
Take your time to really get to know someone, and ensure he or she is who they say they are.” “If you even get a gut feeling that something is not quite right, ask a friend for advice and their opinion.