Internet dating can be great fun if you're careful
Online dating is one of the best ways to meet people, because there are so many people doing it and you have so many people to choose from, so you have a better chance of meeting Mr/Mrs Right.
Most people who use Internet dating sites are good honest people, but you also get some dishonest people who will try to scam you out of money or just waste your time for fun. Here’s a list of ways to spot them.
If someone online asks you for money for any reason (travel fair to meet you, help paying their bills, sickness, etc) they are probably a scammer and should be reported to the website you met them on.
If the person only sends professional model like photos, it might not be them. Ask for normal unprofessional photos of them. Also ask when the photo was taken. Some people will send photos from 20 or so years ago and will look totally different when you meet them.
Ask if they have a Facebook or Myspace account, most people into Internet dating these days will also have a social networking website account. If they don’t use social networking websites, then they might not be who they say they are.
Get their phone number
If they don’t want to give their phone number, they could be wasting your time.
Expensive phone number
Sometimes they will give you a premium rate phone number to contact them on, some of these numbers look like normal telephone numbers too. So be careful. Use a Pay&Go SIM card to contact them if you are unsure of the number so you wont run up a big bill on your contract. You can also search Google to find out more information on the number.
Get them on Web Cam
In this day and age (2010), most people have web cams on their laptop or home computer. Most Internet cafes will have web cams too. If they are serious about meeting you, they’ll make time to see you on a web cam.
Meeting your online date
If you decide to meet the person, make sure it’s in a public place like a coffee shop or a bar. Tell a friend you are going to meet someone from the Internet and email them the profile/photo of the person you expect to meet. Tell your friend how long you are going for and when you expect to be back.
If you feel uncomfortable at anytime on the date, make your excuses, be polite and leave.
Don’t wait too long on your first date
If you’re early or on time and your date is more than 30 minutes late, go home. Phone up your date and let them know you are going home. If you stay, you will look desperate unless they have a very good excuse. Teach them a lesson for being late. They might not even turn up! Don’t let them waste any more of your time.
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