When you put yourself out there on the world wide web you can be certain that someone in some place will come across your profile with the intention of deceiving you. With your decision to join an online dating site comes some risk, know how to determine someone nice and someone nasty.
Deceptive individuals and organized groups of online criminals target vulnerable singles on dating sites everyday. These people are career criminals otherwise known as professional online con artists.
There is no level they will stop at in order to achieve their crime and will almost always involve stealing money using various tactics. The vast majority of these online criminals will operate from a foreign location in order to evade authorities. Australia has taken an initiative to combat online fraud in both social and business scenarios setting up an online location to report deceptive online behaviour and can be located at ahtcc.gov.au/tech_crimes_types/fraud.
The quality of the online dating site you join can often determine the level of unwanted communications. International online dating sites that except members from any country are likely to contain a high number of online criminals. Sites that cater for country specific singles can police the members that join up by banning ip address from certain countries that have a reputation for deceptive online behaviour.
Free online dating sites are also a target for this group of people and with more and more free sites emerging opens the door for more opportunities to commit fraud on unsuspecting singles. It comes down to how professional the dating site is, what level of abuse protection is offered to their members, and sites with good customer service are often a safe bet.
You should be suspicious if you are contacted by another member displaying the following scenarios.
1/ They make no reference to you personally and it appears like a general type of comment. This can mean the same message has been copied to multiple members including you.
2/ They are over affectionate in their first instance of establishing contact, especially if they bring up marriage and profess their love for you.
3/ Be wary of anyone that asks you for money online even if you have been communicating with them for weeks or months. These people are very aware they need to gain your trust before they ask you for money.
4/ If you establish an online friendship you can help safe guard yourself by taking notes about details you chat about including notes from their profile and every now and you can test them by asking relevant questions to see if their information is consistent.
5/ A sign of whether you are be-friending a married person or an online criminal can also include long delays in receiving email replies and offering you weak excuses as to the nature of the delays. Lets face it, if you were the only person in their life they would be just as keen as you and would be showing stronger interest.
6/ After you have established an online friend and you want to make sure they are on the level, ask them for a more recent photo and compare it to the one on their profile. Don't except any excuse such as "I don't have a scanner" or "I don't own a camera" - That's just rubbish! If they were on the level they would work something out.
Online dating has exploded into the singles market in the last 5 years and there are hundreds of thousands of marriages forged every year as a result, so by and large, meeting singles online is an extremely viable option, just be cautious in your pursuit for romance by using some of our suggestions.