It’s easy for anyone to write about themselves in only the highest regard, and leave out any negative factors that, in the case of a dating site, may be a dealkiller.
And, online, it’s easy for people to use old, outdated or highly-Photoshopped pictures in dating profiles.
Any such communications should be reported immediately. You can block and report concerns about any suspicious user anonymously from any profile page, email or messaging window. Bad actors will try to move the conversation to text, personal email or phone conversations.
Once you’ve signed up for an online dating site and found someone who you’d like to set up a date with offline, there are a few precautions you should take before you make any plans to meet up.
Safety should always come first when it comes to any online activity, and since online dating platforms have been known to be an easy place for scammers to find their prey or a platform for catfish to lure their next match, it’s in every online dater’s best interest to get as much insight to who their date is before they meet up.
Wiring money is like sending cash: the sender has no protections against loss and it’s nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money.
For more information, click on the video below to the U. Federal Trade Commission's advice to avoid online romance scams, also available here: https://onguardonline.gov/articles/0004-online-dating-scams.
Because there is such a high demand for safety precautions among online daters, many platforms have implemented features that make it easier for daters to know if their matches are as promising as they seem to be.However, you are always the best judge of your own safety, and these guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for your own judgment.Finance: Protect Your Finances & Never Send Money or Financial Information Never respond to any request to send money, especially overseas or by wire transfer, and report it to us immediately – even if the person claims to be in an emergency.It’s natural and good that people are apprehensive and want to further research the people they meet online.Many start with basic searches on Google or Facebook. And some turn to private investigators, who can provide full personal background checks.