But until you feel quite ready and comfortable with a potential date, don’t even give out your last name, your address, the name of the company for which you work, the school your child attends, or any other specific information someone can use to track you down.Don’t use a photograph that identifies you or your whereabouts so specifically that you don’t even have to say anything for someone to be able to find you.Although online dating sites and mobile apps have changed how people date, the fact that dangerous people still exist has not. Pleasant Police Department has dealt with two instances of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) as a result of people who met using a social media site or dating application.
So-called sweetheart scammers seduce those looking for love on singles sites.
Victims believe they’re in a relationship, but their suitor is actually a scammer who breaks hearts—and bank accounts.
It should go without saying that if a potential date even touches on a topic having to do with your money (lending it, investing it, or whatever), stop things cold right then and there. No matter how many online or phone conversations you’ve had, this person is a stranger.
Always, Always Meet in Public the First Time Of course you know you shouldn’t invite someone to your home for a first or possibly even second date. As an added precaution, always let someone else know where you’re going, who you’re meeting, and what time you expect to be home.
Do the Research on Your Potential Date Sad but true, you can’t believe everything someone tells you.
Online profiles are written to put their writers in the best possible light, but people also can flat out lie about matters large and small.
Nickolas Savage is the assistant section chief of the Cyber Division.
Savage: If somebody is asking you for money, just be very cautious. Halpern: The average financial loss per victim is between ,000 to ,000. Savage: I think the most important take-away is that people should stick to legitimate sites.
If in preliminary conversation you’ve discovered that you know someone in common, call that person to check it out.
Don’t assume that anything is the truth until it’s proved to your satisfaction. Well, this is your personal safety we’re talking about.
Tinder, for the unfamiliar, is a matchmaking app that takes pictures and information from Facebook that users then have the option to like or dislike.