Talk safer dating
As Action Fraud says, “Dating fraudsters are often particularly convincing.” So don’t take any unnecessary risks.
Meet in a public place where there are plenty of people around who could come to your aid should things turn sour.
Dubbed “Urban Fraud Myths,” the thirteen day campaign kicked off with a look at online dating, a crime which swindled 3543 Brits out of £33.65 million ( million) in the last year.
Scammers are good at taking advantage of people’s kindness and will use any trick they can to separate you from your money – including asking for it up front to supposedly help get them out of trouble, an age-old scam known as “advance fee fraud.” It doesn’t matter whether the person you are talking to needs money for the air fare to come and pay you a visit, or cash to pay medical bills, or is a serviceman in the military who needs help retrieving their property – all such requests are extremely likely to be fraudulent. Not everyone on a dating site is a good person, and some are downright dangerous – in addition to fraudsters, you may also encounter stalkers or abusive “trolls.” If you are receiving abusive messages, report the offender and, if the site supports it, block them too so they cannot harass you any further.
Now it’s time to meet the man or woman of your dreams for real.
Tell a trusted friend or family member where you will be going and give them an idea of when you will be back.
If you want to be extra cautious, and don’t mind giving up a little privacy for the sake of security, consider enabling an app such as Find My i Phone or Android Device Manager on your phone which will allow your location to be tracked – just remember to turn it off again if you don’t want your best mate or mother knowing where you are at all times.
That is sound advice, but we have more tips for staying safe when you use online dating sites. Probably not, and so you shouldn’t give away such information on a dating site, or anywhere else on the web for that matter.