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Dating can be a minefield, as anyone will tell you. But with the increasing popularity of online dating, that minefield is less of a figure of speech and more of an actual threat to you.  

Do They Want You, or Your Credit Card?

When our heartstrings are pulled we want to help those in need, especially when we care about them. Unfortunately, charismatic con artists have found that all it takes to get someone to send them some cash or, more tragically, personal information, is to spin a web of deceit in a dating app. Aussie police authorities have found that every month, millions of dollars are sent to foreign scams and fraudulent receivers. Don’t be one of them! Never send money to someone you meet through online dating. It’s just the safest stance to take.

Investigate Before You Invest

Don’t Go Cheek-to-Cheek without Checking Them Out!While most online dating apps are designed to encourage couples to meet up in person, don’t rush into a face-to-face meeting. Keeping the conversation online for a bit can discourage the more impatient scammers and catfish out there.  Mashable highlights the many options Australians have when they turn to online dating, but regardless of which sites or apps you use, it’s crucial that you keep your safety and security in mind at all times.

The Intelligence Behind a Background Check

Sometimes it’s easier to enlist professional help in ensuring you keep your identity and information private and out of the hands of conniving matches.  Be Aware! Know who you are talking to. As you get to know a prospective match, try to pin them down to a story and then ask for more details. It’s easy to catch a catfish if they can’t keep their story straight or provide enough detail to make it believable. If someone sounds too good to be true, it’s best to be a bit sceptical. If someone tells you they’re a high-powered financier with six-pack abs and a Lexus LFA, don’t believe it. If you really want to be safe, your best bet is to have a professional investigative service check your dates out. Stay Safe While Dating

In closing, remember:

  • Get to know someone well before agreeing to meet in person
  • Never send money to someone you don’t know personally and trust–and even then it can be tricky.
  • Approach online dating with wariness and skepticism

I know that last one doesn’t sound like fun, but remember: your personal safety (physical, identity, and financial) is more important than anything else. If you’d like more information on how to stay safe while engaging in online dating or you’d like professional investigative services to assist you, contact us.