The dating world really has changed dramatically over the last decade or so with millions of Americans turning to online dating sites and apps.
But having millions of people on these sites doesn’t mean everyone you “meet” can be trusted. It’s important to know danger signs and red flags with these types of relationships, and we’ll discuss ways to stay safe when meeting someone through an online dating app.
Disclaimer: these are not a guarantee to keep you completely safe in every situation, but these tips will help in making wise, safe decisions.
If you see a suspicious profile, don’t engage with them. Might be sound simple, but it needs to be said. If the app matched you with someone that doesn’t have any photos, bios or personal information, it could be a fake profile. Just stay away from these types of profiles and you can even block this account or report any suspicious activity.
If you’re not sure what some of those warning signs are, below are some examples of what suspicious profiles and scammers do who try to manipulate others:
Also, use different profile pictures from your social media accounts to keep safe from scammers. When you use the same photo on your dating profile, someone can trace it back to your social media account.
If you’ve gone through those warnings signs and not experiencing them with someone you met online and you’re looking at going on a date, here are some things to keep in mind before meeting in-person:
The Chequamegon Pregnancy Center is committed to helping you in a safe, compassionate, non-judgmental space. We’re here to provide you with resources to help you in your relationship ad to provide advice if you need it. Call or contact us today.