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8 Online Dating Safety Tips

8 Online Dating Safety Tips – What every woman and man needs to know to stay safe and date online.

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These dating tips will help you feel more prepared when meeting new people. A new relationship and the possibilities are exciting. Headlines of romance scammers, stolen identities, catfish, and imposters the fear of being duped by someone you meet online.

  Here are 8 online dating safety tips to keep you safe.

  1. Tell someone where you are going. Have a trusted friend or family member you check in with where you are going and when you plan to be back. Even though you are meeting them online it is a good idea to go slow, keep your guard up and don’t get swept by the initial feelings of a new relationship. We recommend that you download the Noonlight App. Being safe is smart. Noonlight is your silent bodyguard. If you have an emergency call 911.
  2. Meet in Public. It’s a good idea to meet in a public place! Especially with meeting someone new. Don’t have them come to your house and pick you up. Meet in a mutually agreed on location like a coffee or ice cream shop.
  3. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye on your drink and don’t leave it unattended. If you are drinking alcohol make sure you know your limit. If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the date, get up and leave. A new helpful trend at a bar could save you by ordering an Angel Shot. If you need an “emergency” excuse to walk out the door.
  4. Be honest with yourself, trust your gut. Date smart. Date safe. It’s a good idea to meet up as soon as possible and see if there is a connection. We recommend Skype or a face time phone call. If the person you met online is hesitant to meet you in person, face time, or makes excuses as to why they can’t Skype or Face Time with you something sketchy might be going on. It’s better to walk away. Always trust your gut.
  5. Don’t be afraid to fact check someone. Google has a reverse image search, “search by image” feature. Check for multiple Facebook profiles using the same photo. Do your homework, check to see if it’s a fake account. Verify their phone number, search online: Facebook, Instagram and or LinkedIn. Check facts. Talk to mutual friends, if you have any.
  6. Protect Yourself! Check out: DateSafelyOnline.Org. Establish an in-person relationship first. Take time to get to know them! Learn to protect yourself. Don’t divulge too much information about yourself. Never send money to someone you do not know!
  7. If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is! People create dream personas online. AKA ‘Catfish’ Definition: CATFISH – is someone who creates a false online identity. Sometimes a catfish’s sole purpose is to engage in a fantasy or has an intent to defraud a victim, seek revenge or commit identity theft. do not engage with them if this is the case, block and report them! 

    If your online date boasts about their luxury lifestyle, luxury cars, or yachts most likely they’re probably lying. If anything sounds unbelievable, strange or seems weird ask questions. If the person is defensive, you’re likely on to something. See our blog on  Military Ruse – How To Spot a Catfish! or a person working, living or being out of the country. Do not send money!!!! I repeat DO NOT SEND THEM MONEY! Report them! Do not give out your bank account information, social security numbers, address or birthday. If you do feel like you have been scammed please reach out to the ODA (Online Dating Association).  

  8. The RED FLAGS to look for. Recovering from a devastating break up is similar to a community recovering from a natural disaster. Don’t ignore feelings of hesitancy or discomfort. You do a lot of looking back and analyzing—trying to understand how you missed the signs and how you allowed yourself to be so unprepared for the imminent destruction that was headed your way. You are paralyzed with guilt for being so stupid and gullible. If only I had seen the red flags you yell at yourself! Here’s a list of RED FLAGS to watch out for. 

Please Date safe and responsible. It’s always better to be safe than sorry always! 

Visit us at DatingSafe.Com to find out more about us and why we’re different! Know you’re meeting online is who they say they are! #datingsafe

 

To read more visit: DatingSafe.Blog

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Written by: Tracy Peart– Founder of DatingSafe & HolyShift Masterclass, Entrepreneur, and Widowed Single Mom on a mission to create change in the dating industry!

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By Tracy Peart

Holy Shift - Suddenly widowed with four young children. A stay at home mom with no clue how to live life as a widow. Manual not included! A calling I didn't ask for and one I didn't want. A rusty resume, being in the driver's seat in a way I never wanted to be. Having hope, & optimism against all odds. We're stronger and more resilient than we think.

On May 31, 2011, in the blink of an eye, life changed in an instant. My husband, Sean was killed in an auto accident. This is my story while keeping my sanity intact by learning to laugh when life can literally suck!

Holy Shifts... Letting Go of Anger, depression. A glimpse into heartbreak. Talking honestly about our pain, being scared, alone, weakness, awkwardness, and the strange and sometimes beautiful transition between this world and whatever comes next. Navigating through sadness, fog, numbness, self-doubt, anxiety, alone and feeling inadequate. Holy Shifts happen! Finding humor I learned that it is possible to find again. Taking shattered dreams by creating new ones.

Involuntarily single - A real-life account of what it's like to date a widow. By tackling the events of my life with a wonderful mix of humor, sorrow and most of all - honesty! Love, laughter, food, and girlfriends. I could feel normal again. My hope is to bring awareness, compassion, humor to getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. When the going get's tough the tough get going. If you’re looking for humor and randomness you've come to the right place.

I'm Founder of www.DatingSafe.Com. After I came up with this after I began dating again. I was scammed, catfished, ghosted, stood up, met married men, creeps and sex offenders online and even had a guy steal my late husband's motorcycle. So, I've turned my pain into power and vowed to create something better with vetted and verified identity, safety, and security in place.

If you can laugh and cry through a lot of it. One day things will not be easy but will get a little easier. How to find your inner strength, persevere and thrive. Laughter helps in any situation. Hopefully, I can touch any number of people in a bad place, who need a laugh at the end of the day. How to laugh when you feel like crying!

The beauty of finding humor in a tough situation is that you don’t have to be a widow. Anything counts... Let’s laugh through the tough situations and find humor in the mundane. Read if you like, share if you want.

- Tracy Peart
Founder of Dating Safe, Author of Holy Shift,
Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Single Mom