And while everyone is at risk, seniors can be a major target.
Don’t get me wrong, the vast majority of members of reputable dating sites (both paid and free) are legitimately looking for a sincere match, but there are red flags that you should look out for when embarking on the journey of online dating for the first time. Red Flag #1 If someone is too interested – too quickly – in getting to know you beyond the safety of your computer, this could indicate a problem.
If you have just met someone online and they are trying to encourage a meet-up before you really know them, they may not just be overly eager.
I would suggest no less than a month of chatting online before calling them – but this should only happen when you feel totally comfortable doing so.
Remember that when you give out your number, unless it is an unlisted number, you are giving out your address as well.
Red Flag #3 If anyone wants you to give them any personal information be extremely guarded.
Never give out banking information, details of how much your stock portfolio is worth, or the value of your home.
And NEVER give money if it is asked for – even if they seem like a genuine person.
Scam artists are exceptionally good at seeming like really nice people who just happen to need a few hundred dollars for some emergency! Next week, I’ll talk about a few other things to be wary of, but the important thing to remember is that the overwhelming majority of people that you’ll encounter are there for the same reasons as you!
People can easily do a reverse look-up on a phone number and see where you live.
Whether their purpose is dangerous or just desperate, you want to steer clear of both of these.
Red Flag #2 When you do finally decide to meet up, decide on a neutral and safe location (a restaurant or a café) and have a friend or family member bring you and let them meet your date.