But con artists and criminals are patient and they know how to play the game.
Just because you pay good money every month to be a member of one of the more popular and established dating sites, don’t assume that you are fully protected.
Yet the crimes that are committed through the use of online dating sites aren’t limited to monetary theft.
Some con artists use personal information to steal identities, while more ruthless criminals have lured men and women into isolated environments to assault them or worse.
“But I don’t share personal information with anyone until I get to know them better.” You may be careful enough to avoid sharing your phone number with potential matches, relying instead on the dating site’s internal chat features or email.
You may even spend a great deal of time emailing and chatting back and forth with other members, trying to get to know them before you feel comfortable enough to meet in a highly visible and public place.
One of the most common ways is to rely on a fake name or a username that doesn’t provide much information about the person’s true identity. Yes, some online dating sites require users to go through a verification process in order to confirm that they are who they claim to be.
By posting phony information, such as date of birth, where they live, and even false pictures, people online can become just about anyone they want to be. Some do this background check using personally identifiable information, such as Social Security numbers, but a vast majority of these sites only require a credit card.