Dangers in Online Dating

by Christa Titus

About Christa Titus

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Christa Titus is a dedicated journalism professional with over 10 years writing experience as a freelancer with a variety of publications that include "Billboard" and "Radio & Records." Her writing has also been syndicated to such media outlets as the "Washington Post," the "Seattle-Post Intelligencer," the Associated Press and Reuters. Titus earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rowan College.

Safety first is the No. 1 rule for dating online. Behave the same way that you would if you met the person the traditional way: Meet him or her in public when you start dating, get to know the person before letting things progress and trust your instincts as to whether you feel comfortable.

Spammers

People register with dating websites to obtain e-mail addresses so they can send spam or viruses to unsuspecting users.

Stalkers

Your profile can attract someone who e-mails you constantly, even if you never responded to him. Or, after you see him a few times, he can start showing up uninvited to places where he knows you will be.

Lying

The Internet makes lying very easy. People can lie about anything they want in their profile: age, weight, income, marital status, if they have kids, their profession.

Violence

Online dating gives criminals another means to perpetrate violence; they use the setup to lure a date to an isolated location with the intent to harm or kill him or her.

Scams

Scammers who are just after money or information so they can commit identity theft string lonely hearts along with lies to get what they want out of them.

Lack of Courtesy

There are online daters who are inconsiderate. Because interactions are on the computer, you run the risk of situations like being stood up, getting rudely rejected for a date and being "dumped" after a couple dates with no explanations.

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