Follow these online dating precautions when dating online

Unfortunately, no matter how vigilant one is there will always be instances where people set up dating profiles with dishonest motives. We invite you to take the following precautions when dating online.

  • Know who you’re dealing with—never send money to anyone you have only met online.
  • Contact from a person overseas makes it more likely that they are a scammer, even if they say they are just travelling for work.
  • If someone asks you to transfer money to them via a wire service, don’t do it—scammers also use money orders, bank transfers, pre-loaded cards and electronic currencies (e.g. bitcoin).
  • Have you met someone recently and they’ve already professed their love? Be careful—it could be a scam.
  • If someone you met online says they need your help or your money, it’s probably a scam.
  • If someone asks you for money, don’t reply no matter what their reason is.
  • Don’t share your banking or credit card details with anyone you have only met online.
  • Some scammers may ask for a loan or to co-invest in a business venture; typically with a too-good-to-be-true return on investment. Any ‘investment’ in these scams will equate to a loss.
  • If you are asked to cash or deposit a cheque for someone you have only met online, don’t do it. Scammers will ask you to send them money before the cheque clears and the cheques are always bad. NEVER commit to any bank or monetary transaction for someone you have only met online.
  • If someone asks to move your communications outside the site after only a few contacts, be careful—scammers often ask for this.
  • Anyone can fall for a scam—be careful and report any suspicious conduct here.
  • Met someone who sounds too good to be true? Be careful—it could be a scam.
  • If what you are seeing and hearing from someone does not match their profile, be careful— it could be a scam.
  • Do an image search of your admirer to help determine if they really are who they say they are. You can use image search services such as Google or TinEye.
  • Google search some of the phrases in emails they have sent you. You may find these have been used over and over again by scammers.
  • Beware of accepting gifts that could be used to conceal drugs. Some scam victims have been caught carrying drugs through customs in luggage they were given as a present.
  • Do not agree to transfer money or send valuable items for someone else: money laundering and drug trafficking are criminal offences.

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