Are you aware of the danger of online dating? If you answered no don’t fret. The truth is many people don’t realize that online dating sites do have a dangerous side to them that is not as widely discussed, as it should be. After all if you’re going to an online dating service with the hopes of meeting Mr. or Ms. Right you should be aware of the illicit activity that can and does occur. These dangers of online dating sites include but are not limited to: fraud, privacy and security, stalking, identity theft, exposure to offensive material and scamming.
Fraud can occur with an online dating site that is a complete scam from the beginning. Typically this involves taking a persons money without providing the services they paid for or expected from the online dating service. It can also occur between people that have made an online connection if there is a transfer of funds from one member to the other.
Privacy and security issues occur with online dating sites when the privacy of people that have signed up to use the Internet dating site is released or violated. Security issues can occur of the dating service allows unregistered members the opportunity or means to see the private information of registered users.
Stalking is a problem both offline and online but it can be compounded by an online dating site if an individual becomes cyberstalked or harassed by someone they initially thought was going to turn out to be a romantic partner, possible life partner or soul mate.
I’m sure you’re already familiar with identity theft. The facts are clear someone becomes a victim of identity theft all the time. Online dating sites could expose its members to the possibility of identity theft if the dating site is hacked or if it reveals too much personal information between registered members. Always make sure you guard any personal information you don’t want released by not revealing it on an online dating site registration form.
One major problem that has proliferated with the rise of online dating sites and services is the abundance of offensive material that can be found online. There are many forms of obscene material from nude photos of registered members to the more perverse and twisted material, which is too obscene to mention in this article.
The final danger of online dating involves the manipulation of information where registered members lie about their age, gender and other personal information with the hopes of scamming another registered online dating member.
In order to counter that many dangers of online dating always safe guard your information, take it slow, develop a true online relationship first and always approach each person you meet through an online dating site with caution as you never know if they are attempting a scam of some sorts.