Online dating dangers news
But despite the potential risks, two experts in the field say there is no need to shy away from online dating as long as precautions are taken.
Nick Tsinonis, co-founder of Scamalytics, which creates software designed to prevent scammers from targeting people on online dating sites, offered a range of advice as to how to stay safe while interacting with a prospective date online.
Chloe Carmichael said even Charlton's criminal background was not enough to make an assertion he was a real threat — and that the public shouldn't be quick to point the finger at online dating.
“It's easy to focus on the online dating aspect here, but really this could have happened to the victim if she had met Charlton at a bar or anywhere else," Carmichael said.
“It’s really important to keep all dialogue restricted to the messaging services on the website.
If you keep conversations strictly on the site scammers are unlikely to target you, because they know the dating site will detect their behaviour.” "On the dating site users’ behavior can be monitored, so if someone becomes abusive or inappropriate, the site can respond accordingly.
You can also search for sentences and phrases online, in case they are using a known fake profile.
Bruce Anderson, director of Cyber Intelligence & Investigations, encourages cyber-daters to conduct a background check.
You also have the ability to block someone on a dating site messaging system." “When you meet someone you can quickly feel like you know them really well, because it’s often easier to connect in writing and to read more into the written word than the spoken word.
This can mean you rush into things, and relationships may move quicker than you expect.
Sometimes our mind can trick us into thinking we've met the perfect match when in fact we are being conned by a scam-artist.” "Don’t be afraid to research someone you meet online.
Use Google Images to check whether the photos they are using belong to someone else and check social media sites to ensure they really exist.Similar warnings exist on popular sites e Harmony, Farmers Only, and OKCupid, among others.