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Online Dating: How to Stay Safe For Men

Updated on March 10, 2010

Stay Safe While Dating Online

Safety when dating online is a subject that has been covered extensively, but almost always it is directed at women. There is good reason for this, women are far more likely to become victims than men. But the fact remains that there is a danger for men as well. Online dating can be an excellent way to meet women but you do have to keep your safety in mind.

The biggest danger for men when dating online is probably identity theft. Criminals will create online dating profiles as a way to get personal information from you. There are a lot of things that they can do with this information, but you can be sure it will end up costing you a lot of money. Be very wary of anybody who asks you for a lot of personal information right from the start. You really shouldn't give anybody your personal information unless you know who they are.

A lot of women go to online dating sites as a way to get money from men. There are a lot of ways that they can ask for money and you need to be aware of this. If they start telling you about their financial troubles you can rest assured that they are looking for money. If a women you are communicating with starts talking about money it is probably best to just end it right there.

On a subject related to money, ewhoring is a problem at online dating sites. This is where internet marketers in an attempt to make some money will pose as a woman and create an online dating profile. Once you have contacted them and started exchanging emails they will tell you that they want you to go to another site and sign up for a membership so that it will be easier to communicate. After you sign up the marketer gets his affiliate commission and you will never hear from them again.

Online dating sites can be an excellent way to meet women but you do have to be careful. Unfortunately a lot of people use online dating as way to make money. You need to be careful and protect yourself. If you pay attention it is usually pretty obvious who is after your money and who is actually looking for a relationship. If you do find somebody that you suspect is only in it for the money cut off all contact immediately, nothing good will result if you keep talking.


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