Mark Brooks of Online Personals Watch works with many online dating sites – and says that all of them are plagued by fake profiles, scammers and criminals looking for money, not love.Millions are lost to these scammers each year – and worse still, the crime may be underestimated, as victims are often too distraught to reveal the extent of their losses.Spotting scammers is getting harder – but there are still ways to ensure you stay safe, Brooks says.
Dangers of skype dating websites
Most of us are quite seasoned in the online dating world.
Regardless of which site (or sites) you’re on, you deal with the same types of issues. So what is appropriate and what isn’t when you’re first chatting online?
There are countless inappropriate requests that come in, so how do you weed them out? Regardless of how clear you are in your profile you will still get outrageous requests and stupid messages. What I’ve noticed recently is that a lot of guys are skipping to giving their telephone number pretty much right away and wanting to navigate away from the site and onto texting. It’s important to remember that stranger danger is REAL! You may think you know all about the person you’re chatting with.
They seem nice enough, but you are only seeing what they want you to see. So you have to set your boundaries almost immediately when you’re chatting online and before you’ve met someone in person and decided to move further.
You know absolutely nothing about them or their lifestyle. Setting your boundaries means that you don’t give out personal identifiable information about you.