Online dating is convenient, fast, and increasingly efficient. But with the development of Internet technologies, new types of fraud have appeared.
Both in real life and on the Internet, communication involves the observance of certain safety rules. Yes, there are scammers on the Internet, but you shouldn’t panic, fall behind modern technologies, stop using computers, and be afraid to go online. We will tell you five rules that will help you protect yourself when dating someone online and avoid unpleasant situations while searching for relationships on the web.
Rule Number 1: Never Tell Real Contact Information in Your Profile
Today, a fraudster with the contact information of a potential victim can do a lot. Starting with minor fraud and ending with your bank account hack. The most cunning and advanced fraudsters can bankrupt you and so skillfully cover their tracks that no one will ever find them. The most common type of fraud a person can commit, knowing your contact info, is blackmail. With the help of contact information, an attacker can easily find out where you live and work. Surely, you’ve already guessed exactly how they could use this information. We all watched a ton of thrillers, and we know perfectly well what blackmail can bring, right? So be careful and do not tell unnecessary details on the profile page and do not send them to the person you just met on the Internet. It is appropriate to come up with a nickname for using dating sites – this will additionally protect you from scammers.
Rule Number 2: Intuition is Your Reliable Friend
Surely, you have probably been through a situation, when your interlocutor is not at all what he or she seems to be at first. This can occur in real life or on the Internet. Now answer the question: how often do you actually listen to this feeling? Most people would say “very rarely.” However, this is a completely wrong behavior strategy. Your mind and subconscious can catch some “patterns” or “vibrations” – you can call them whatever you like. Our subconscious is able to instantly read them out and give hints in the form of mysterious sensations which we call intuition. Do not ignore it – in most cases, intuition does not lie. If you are in the slightest doubt about the intentions of a new acquaintance, it is better to end the relationship or switch to a “high caution” mode.
Rule Number 3: Use Another Email
Sooner or later, there will be the moment, when you’ll want to move the communication with a new acquaintance beyond the limits of the instant messenger or e-mail provided by the online dating website or application. This is a very important step that will take your communication to a new level. However, do not lose vigilance – at this stage, fraudsters often seize the information they need. Use free e-mail services and create an address only for messaging with new friends. When registering, be sure to use a nickname. You should not give out your phone number or any other information that will give scammers a hint on how to get hold of your main mail.
Rule Number 4: Use Anonymous Communication Services.
So, you want to hear the voice of your new friend, and you decide to call them. Never tell your home or work phone number! This is very serious information that, in the hands of an attacker, can turn into a weapon against you. The best option is to use free instant messengers with the possibility of voice communication. In a pinch, you can report your mobile number, but we do not recommend it – many services that you use on the Internet interact with the mobile number so that fraudsters can track your activity and harm you.
Rule Number 5: Pay Attention to the Interlocutor’s Behavior
When communicating by phone or by mail, you can notice certain personal qualities of a person. Are they acting hotheaded? Trying to control you? Selectively answers questions? Feel free to ask personal questions. Yes, this is a bit like a game of detective, but this way you can make a psychological portrait of your new friend. Perhaps some of the components of this portrait will seem suspicious to you. In this case, listen to your intuition.