How to be safe about online dating

31 Jan

Many people wrongly assume that using an online dating service is the equivalent of throwing in the towel and screaming, "All right already, I'll do it - I'm desperate!

That’s why it’s important to have a few common-sense strategies that keep you safe, according to law enforcement experts and others.

Last year alone, twice as many marriages occurred between men and women who met online than took place among couples who met in bars, clubs and at other social events combined.

If you've been considering taking the plunge into Internet dating but aren't quite sure how to get started, here are my nine key tips to ensure that your experience is a positive, safe and successful one.

Commander Chris Greany, the Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime at City of London Police, said criminals target those who they consider vulnerable and more likely to fall for scams: “Our intelligence tells us that people aged 50-59 are the most likely to become a victim of dating fraud and therefore need to be especially careful when going online in search of a partner.” Follow our tips to discover the danger of online dating and how to protect yourself.

If something goes wrong, you might feel too ashamed or embarrassed to act, but you must. It’s not just the financial loss, it’s also the emotional turmoil. The process varies between websites, for instance has a ‘Report this profile’ option.