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Safety Precautions for Seniors Dating
Many seniors find themselves alone after many years of marriage, due to the
death of a spouse or divorce, and are turning to the Internet to look for
the companionship that they so desperately need.
These seniors didn't grow up in a computerized world. Many of them are very
computer savvy, but there are many who are not. They may have used a computer
for shopping or banking or emailing family and friends, but the world of
online dating is something that is truly out of their realm of expertise.
Back in their dating years, the young man always made the first move. HE
called her. HE asked for a date and when she agreed, he showed up with flowers
in one hand and a box of chocolates in the other. Dating was courting in
their experience, but somewhere along the way the rules were changed...a
Now don't misunderstand. Seniors are well aware of how the world around them
has changed over the years. What they are not aware of, because they haven't
had any need to know, is how the dating scene has changed. Dating online
is a completely foreign idea and one that takes some getting used to.
There are online dating sites that are devoted to senior online dating. The
members are all supposed to be seniors. Sometimes they will find these senior
online dating sites and join one of them but not always. When they do join
a senior online dating site, they sometimes mistakenly believe that all of
the other members really are seniors like themselves.
Many times seniors are in a position of being financially secure. They have
worked their whole lives, saved and made good investments. Money (or the
lack of it) is no longer an issue to them. Sometimes seniors will simply
overlook the fact that for many people money (or the lack of it) IS an issue.
This can be true for younger people but it can also be true for some older
people as well.
Seniors who engage in online dating should be very, very careful about giving
out personal information. The problem is that sometimes seniors will fail
to recognize exactly what information in the wrong hands can do them harm.
The very first thing that some seniors do when they begin an online dating
relationship is supply their partner with their real name and the name of
the city in which they live. Many seniors do not regard this information
as dangerous to provide. They wouldn't hand over their social security number
but they will readily supply their real name and their city of residence.
With no more than these two pieces of information, a person who has motives
that are less than honorable can find out the home address, telephone number,
what property is owned, and a boatload of other information.
For seniors, as well as for all others who engage in online dating, it is
very important to withhold real names and cities of residence until you have
established a relationship over a period of months. Scam artists and crooks
don't spend months to gather information. Unless it is readily supplied these
jerks move on the easier targets.