When Rat Pack singers croon about "strangers in the night," it sounds so romantic. But in the online dating world, meeting strangers can be scary and poses a whole host of challenges, among them money scams and identity theft. Here are a few safety tips you should know before you go looking for love online, with some reassurances from seasoned "virtual" daters. Don't exchange personal data online. Wait until you actually meet the person and build up a level of trust before you share your address, phone number or real email address. You typically use an encrypted email on these sites.
When searching for Mr. Right, online dating is now so widely accepted that personal safety sometimes gets overlooked. After all, most dates that start online end up in either a love connection or with the two of you going your separate ways. But it is easy to let your guard down or find yourself in an unsafe situation — especially if Grey Goose swoops in.
Use our helplines to find out more information and advice on keeping yourself safe in online relationships. Have you been defrauded and not got your money back? If the answer is yes, please get in touch. We are here to help you.