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Free Online Dating Sites Protect and Guard Yourself

Updated on June 30, 2010

Be On Your Guard At All Times

The topic of discussion is online dating websites. I felt it would be a good idea to share an experience I had using a free online dating website.

I'm a growing webmaster who writes articles online about many different subjects and feel many of you Hubbers do the same as I. I also write blogs and create websites to increase my chances to increase my revenue earnings. I thought I would create a website to promote online dating websites so I could earn commission when someone purchases a membership or when someone signs up to use a free online dating website which I promote online. I have accounts with Linkshare and Commission Junction which both do business with merchants who seek out webmasters who want to promote their services. I sign into Linkshare and Commission Junction, apply to the online dating websites and wait for approval. Then I place banners and links onto a website I have which promotes online dating websites.

OK, after creating a website to promote online dating I thought I would give a couple of free online dating websites a try. I created a profile, filled in all of the information about my hobbies, what I'm looking for and share what kind of person I am. I'm single so I thought I would give it a try.

Now I'm going to share with you why I feel using such services you need to be wide-eyed and use your commonsense when using such websites.

Requests which should put up RED FLAGS.

After a few days of my profile being posted and viewed, a person contacted me. He contacted me using the email contact within the free dating website. Contacting people through the online dating website helps you stay anonymous until you decide to share names and phone numbers. The first time the man contacted me he asked if I could write him at his private email address which by the way was not through the free online dating website. He shared with me some tidbits of information about himself but this man did not fill out the profile section of himself. He only filled out the very basics. Anyway, when he asked me to write him at his private email address, I responded back suggesting we use the email through the online dating website for now and requested to know more about him. We wrote a few times back and forth and after a few times writing, I suggested we should speak on the phone. I did not supply my phone number but I did ask him if he wanted to speak on the phone. I then received an email with yes he would like to speak on the phone and supplied a phone number and asked me for mine. Because of him requesting me to write him at his private email straight from the get go, I decided to look up his phone number using a reverse phone number search. My gut feeling was dead on. His number was coming from Quebec. I said to myself what? Quebec? So I spared the minute and copied the information I found and pasted it into an email to him and also wished him luck with his search. I never heard from the guy again but I already knew he would not be contacting me. A few days after that I received another email from a man who requested me to write him at his private email address. Needless to say I never contacted that guy because I already knew what was going down.

I felt it would be wise to share this story online. Whether it be a man or a woman, you must always be on your guard. If someone requests private information straight from the get go, move on because the person who requests such information is up to no good.

I can now understand why online dating websites which require a background check feel the need to do so. The online dating websites business is online dating and a part of the membership process is checking your background before approval. The websites need to protect themselves too.

I have heard on the news and read in the newspapers how people are taken advantage of when meeting people online while using online dating websites. I have heard and read story after story how people are conned and lose a whole lot. Maybe not money straight from the get go but meeting with someone who you slowly get to know and they find out information about you can lead to trouble, identity theft and probably eventually losing money.

I suggest if your going to try online dating, join a reputable website which requires a background check. I'm not going to say online dating websites which require a background check protect you 100% but the odds of someone dishonest with a hidden agenda of no good is much less than using the free dating websites. I hope you appreciated the read and remember to always be on your guard.


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