Online dating is on the rise, and 66% of those who use dating sites have met their match in person. Along with this, romance-related scams are the most experience form of online fraud. In 2018, the median reported loss from romance scams was $2,600. With this, there are a few ways you can stay one step ahead of any potential scammers that may come your way.
To begin, only use trusted sites. Refrain from signing up on just any of the thousands of available dating sites. If you can spring for a website with membership fees, strongly consider as user verification can help ward off the average amateur scammer.
On these trusted sites, still keep your information private - even on public non-dating services. Simply do not include any identifying information. For example, your home address that may be tagged in an Instagram post, your work location via LinkedIn, or your phone number linked to your Facebook profile.
These are very simple actions to complete that can save your heart, and your wallet. Continue reading for more information regarding how to stay safe in online dating.
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