How to protect yourself with online dating
Creating your online dating profile: protect your identity and personal information Be Anonymous - Choose a username that doesn’t let everyone know who you are.Don't include your surname or any other identifying information such as your place of work either in your profile or when you first make contact.Dont give in to pressure tactics If the person you are emailing or exchanging instant messages (IMs) with keeps insisting on knowing your personal information, you might need to cool the conversations for a while. You do not want to get into a relationship with someone who is controlling and does not respect your personal boundaries.
Once they have gained your trust and your defences are down, they will ask you, either subtly or directly, for money, gifts, or your banking or credit card details.
Often, scammers will pretend that they need the money for some sort of personal emergency or insist they need the money to travel to visit you.
“He said he had a son who was 13, and that his wife had been killed in a car accident, and his wife’s friend was looking after the boy while he was deployed.” In reality, the man of her dreams was a native of Ghana who’d never been in the United States or Iraq.
He was armed, however, with all the personal information Martin had provided about herself when signing up.
Scammers will go to great lengths to gain your interest and trust, such as showering you with loving words, sharing apparently personal information and sometimes even sending you gifts.