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Irritated Girl on First Date

The Dangers of Dating an Unknown Person from the Web

Whatever happened to meeting your future wife or husband in the super market, at a red light, or in line at the bank? Those days are gone, and now the most recent developments in dating are all online. Today you can choose the specific qualities and characteristics that are important to you in a significant other, and before your eyes will appear a whole world of dating tailored to your particular interests and specifications. It sounds too good to be true! Although online dating sites are based on simple data matching, there is a lot of grey area that numbers cannot account for; specifically in relation to the dangers involved in dating someone you meet online. If you decide to get into the online dating scene, you should first inform yourself of the dangers associated.

Some Online Daters Lie

Judgment can be clouded when you are digitally swept off of your feet; it can be tough to remember to keep your wits about you when you are selecting an online match. While it is possible that you will meet the one of your dreams online, there is also a potential for being lied to and taken advantage of. It can be heartbreaking to invest all of your feeling into someone, only for it to turn out to be a lie. Although many people use online dating sites to find love, some use them to con and deceive others. Catfishing is more prevalent than ever; so prevalent, that it is now a term that has been adopted into the English dictionary. While it is important to remain optimistic and hopeful in the dating world, naivety can get you into trouble if you are not careful.

They have Ill-intention

If it is possible that your online crush is really someone completely other than they say they are, then it is also possible that they have a questionable past or ill intent. “Getting to know” someone online does not mean that you can fully trust them, or that you really know them at all. Even though there is a tendency to want to give away a phone number to a cutie online, taking it slowly is critical to your safety. It is important that you do not give away your phone number or any personal information about yourself upfront, or until you feel comfortable enough with the person. Additionally, it is always in your best interest to meet in a public place when you finally decide to meet. Be sure to let a few people know where you are going, who you are meeting, and any other pertinent information before you meet.

Girl Shouting at a Guy

How to Avoid Catfishing

Your intuition is there to serve you for a reason, and you should trust your gut feeling—anything that seems fishy or not quite right, is a red flag. Do not hesitate to stop contact with the person immediately at any given time. Your safety is the most important thing when it comes to meeting strangers online, so use your willpower to cutoff anyone that makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason. While it seems that plenty of people meet online everyday and go on to live happy lives together, real life is not a fairy tale. There have been cases of rape and murder tied to online dating, and to think it could not happen to you is a misstep in protecting yourself. Remaining in the dark about the dangers you face when you log in to your dating site will not do you any good.

Final Words

A prevalent danger in the online dating world is meeting someone who cons others into giving him or her financial information, or even sending them money directly. Many have fallen victim to sharing financial details with others online, which can lead to funds being drained and credit being destroyed. Sometimes when emotion is involved, all common sense goes out the window. Ultimately in these severe cases of online deception, what is most likely to be destroyed is someone’s trust in other human beings. Though it may be hard to admit when you’ve fallen victim to online dating fraud, remember that the dangers of dating an unknown person online apply to everyone.

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Gavin Muirhead

Gavin Muirhead has been involved in developing products for background checks and improving online experiences in the background screening industry since 2012. He is the lead author and editor of Affordable Background Checks.