The risks of online dating

First of all, there’s no question that online dating sites have proliferated.From relative obscurity just a few short years ago, there are countless websites today that are advertised on TV, radio, in print and billboard ads and on the Internet. But it’s just this easy access that often has a darker side to it.The person you think is a straight-forward, honest individual who is sincerely interested in you may, in fact, be a cheating spouse.

And it happens all too often that women, young and old, are taken in by someone pretending to be something entirely different than they really are.

Bottom line here: You need to be extremely cautious about who you interact with online at these dating sites.

Even the most so-called “rigorously screened” sites, you can’t be too cautious.

Keep Your Distance Online dating safety experts, that is, people who study this behavior and have recommendations to make to ensure your safety, say it’s better to decide ahead of time how close of a proximity you want an online dating partner to be.

By now, you should have enough information about him to be able to find out more in a background check.

And, should it come out that you’ve done so, remember this: The only one who’ll be upset about a background check is someone with something to hide.

But this is another area where you could get burned and it could be risky for you. That should be sufficient for the near term, at least until you are very, very sure who this individual is that you’re communicating with.

Remember that when you send out photos over the Internet, the other party can do anything they want with it. Even then, it’s probably better to not send images over the Internet.

Here are some precautions that you should take when an online date becomes a real date.

While this may not seem like something you’d automatically do, you might consider running a background check on this individual that you’re about to go out on an actual date with.

Before you go out on that first meet or date, be sure you know who it is you’re dealing with.

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