Online dating can be fun, as long as you are safe. Here are some online dating safety tips:
Protect Financial Information
Never respond to any request to send money especially overseas of by wire transfer. Report it to the online dating site managers immediately! If they are trying to do this with you, know that they are trying to do this with other women as well.
Protect Personal Information
Never give personal information like your social security number, credit card numbers or bank information, or your home address t people you don’t know for haven’t met. That means that you and the guy that you are “dating” need to meet up at the location in separate cars and that the location doesn’t need to be anyone home.
Block and report suspicious users. There are thousands of men of online dating sites, not all of them are who they say they are, therefore trust your intuition and end a conversation that may be going left way too fast. Most men who prey on single moms will try and move things faster than they should be and then will convince you that this kind of behavior is OK, it is not.
Be aware of the characteristics of an abusive person. Remember his aim is to have power and control over you. This never comes out at first, but it doesn’t take long before it does. Stay alert!
Try and keep your dates online for as long as possible. When online dating, again, you never know who you are talking to, therefore take it slow. The right kind of guy will be ok with you wanting to take your time.
Discover the characteristics of an abusive person
Get to know the person
Always meet and stay in public
Tell your friends and family your plans
Transport yourself to and from the date
For Further Help
National Domestic Violence Hotline : 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)