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How To Avoid Online Dating Scammers
As in the offline world, the online world has its share of con artists, cheaters, stalkers, and liars. But at the same time, just as in the offline world, there are people online who are completely honest and nice, as well as responsible, hard-working, and trustworthy. If you want to get into online dating, you need to learn how to recognize the liars, scammers, and cheaters in order to protect yourself.
Use Your Basic Instincts
We all have basic instincts, and it is very important to listen to those instincts when it comes to online dating. When your instincts tell you that someone isn't being truthful, it's a safe bet that they aren't. If your instincts are telling to to stop communicating with someone online - stop. It is always better to be safe than sorry, and we all have those instincts for a good reason!
Take notes if you have to! Listen to the stories and responses, and remember them, even if you have to write them down. The thing about lying is that one lie always leads to another, until it becomes a tangled mess, and the liar can't keep their story straight. Also compare what they say with their profile - often, you will find inconsistencies there. Catch them off-guard. Many people lie so much, that they can't remember what they told to whom - and they can't remember what they put in their profile either. So, ask a question about something in their profile, but don't point out that it is in their profile...for instance, 'have you ever been married?' or 'where were you raised?'
Keep the communication limited to email for a while, and then move to instant messenger. From instant messenger, you should move to the telephone, but again, take it slow. Before making that telephone call, keep emails and histories of instant messenger chats, so that you can look at them later to see if what the person is telling you stays consistent. Always talk to them, extensively, on the telephone before agreeing to meet them in person. Even if their written communication hasn't given you any bad feelings, often, things will come through in their voice or tone that will send you warning signals. Also pay attention to how they feel about talking on the phone, the times that they call, or they times that they ask you to call - and even where they call you from, or where they ask you to call them. This could be an indication that they are hiding something - from you and from someone else!
Do They Love You For Your Money?
Be wary of anyone that shows too much interest in how much money you have, or how much money you make - or your personal financial situation or information in any form. Asking what you do for a living is one thing - asking you how much you earn is something different. Never give out this information, and if they ask for money, or your bank or credit card information, run away! Even the smartest people can be conned or scammed, so you have to stay on your toes and keep a sharp eye! Don't fall for sad stories, and be very careful about the information you are giving out - they may just need enough information to steal your identity, not to empty your bank account!
Keep Your Secrets
Again, with the smallest pieces of information, someone can steal your identity.
Do they have your name and address? They can wait for you to bring your garbage
out, and go through it, looking for information that they can use to take
over your identity. With your phone number, they can get your name and address.
With your name, city and state, they can get your phone number. With your
full name, they can get your state and city! Do you see how it all works?
They start with a name, and work from there. Did you know that you can enter
a name on an Internet Background Search service, pay ten bucks, and get a
great deal of information about that person? You can - and so can the con
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