Online dating can be a great way to meet new people and potential dating partners. You may have heard of some people being taken advantage of or hurt through online dating scams, and this may make you reluctant.


Here are a few tips to help you avoid online dating scams to help make online dating enjoyable and safe for you.


Tip #1 Be aware that there are online scam artists


It is true that some people use the internet to attempt to take advantage or even harm other people. There are scam artists who try to get people to send them money or do favors for them. There are dangerous people as well.


However, also be aware that there are many other honest people such as yourself who genuinely want to meet other people and date. Don't let a few bad apples spoil your opportunity.


Just be aware that you do need to be cautious and practice safety first.


Tip #2 Never give out personal information upfront


When you first come into contact with someone through an online dating site, do not give out personal information such as your phone number or address.

Take advantage of the communication systems at the dating sites and set up a separate email account for your online dating correspondence.

If someone is pressing you for your personal information too soon, this is a red flag and you should end your communication with them.


Tip #3 Watch for red flags


A red flag is anything that may cause you to feel uncomfortable or unsure about the person. If their behavior is erratic or overbearing this is a potential red flag.


Inconsistent or evasive communication is another bad sign. Pay attention to red flags and if you feel uncomfortable with the person, end your communication.


Tip #4 Don't ever send money or do favors for people online


If someone asks for money or wants you to get involved in their problems, this is another sign that they may be trying to take advantage of you.


We all get down on our luck at one time or another, but asking for help from someone online is inappropriate and not the type of person you want to try to date.


Tip #5 Meet in public on your first date


When you meet for your first face-to-face date it should be in a public place where plenty of people are around.

Don't agree to be picked up at your home or meet at a private place.

Tip #6: Trust Your Instincts


If something doesn't seem or feel quite right do not continue contact or pursue anything further with the person. Remember, there are plenty of people looking to date, and if something doesn't feel quite right, chances are your instincts are trying to tell you something.


Tip #7: Trust Your Instincts


If something doesn't seem or feel quite right do not continue contact or pursue anything further with the person. Remember, there are plenty of people looking to date, and if something doesn't feel quite right, chances are your instincts are trying to tell you something.

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