By allowing your head, not your heart, to guide your cyber-dating efforts you may be able to avoid some of the folly that could befall you as you seek love online.
When meeting someone online it is important to remember that the information you have about this person is cursory at best.
Of course, sexual assaults related to online dating may be on the rise just because online dating itself is on the rise.
Nevertheless, while app-related assaults were still rare, they were rising fast enough for the NCA to flag the emergence of “a new type of sexual offender.” Usually a man, he’s less likely than other sexual offenders to have committed any kind of crime before, but instead exploits the “ease of access and arm-chair approach” to meeting people that dating sites enable.
If someone whom you meet at an online dating platform or chat room proclaims her love to you, but then begins to ask for financial assistance or money of any kind, you are wise to be wary.
Requests for cash to buy plane tickets, money to pay bills or avoid jail, or cash to get out of a financial crunch often indicate that the online dater is not being entirely honest in her wishes.
Dating companies are being pushed to better protect users, but some seem reluctant to do more— or even to talk about whether there’s a problem.
John Leech thinks the situation is new, and dangerous.
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Is this scaremongering, or is online dating truly putting users in danger?