Online romance turn heads and anyone can let the guard down during nice little hang session. Despite all the good things like video calls, passionate letters and date promised, there also are some real-life aspects that you should keep in your mind. Being prepared is the best thing you can do to keep yourself safe via any online communication, so here are the tips you should keep in your head while using the dating platforms.
Even at the first stages of your acquaintance which is going to take part online, on the dating site, it is important to remember the simple rules that can save your wallet. You won't get hurt, robbed or disappointed if you follow these tips.
Care for the money
Be aware of those who ask you to send them some sums, especially if it is not cash and it is online. Any kind of transactions which aren't connected with the dating site's services is very likely a scam. Even if there is a stunning woman asking for financial support because she is in trouble, think: why is she telling this to you, and not some of her relatives or close friends. As long as you are almost strangers, don't support any suspicious users with your money.
Stick to the platform
Fraudsters often try to move the conversation from the dating platform as fast as they can. It is not beneficial for them to communicate on chat and endanger their account. Therefore, pay attention to those who are trying to talk you into private mailing or using social media – it is much easier to deceit you there.
Filter the messages
Check what you get. If there is some spam, block the user who sends it as fast as you can. There is no effective communication possible with this person, so you will only waste your time. Then, if you receive some offensive or even harassing texts report this person or avoid it in any possible way. Even on the dating site, there must be some appropriate behavior, so don't let those people do the bad things to you.
Report the violators
If you notice any suspicious activity on the site, it is better to report it to the customer support immediately. Even if you are not right in the end, an extra check is never bad. On the contrary, the more you care, the safer you are.
When you are done with online communication, you finally meet in real life. But there also can be issues, so don't forget these tips!
Make it in public
There is nothing better for a meeting with a stranger than to make it in a public place. Even if you are going to see a tiny girl, it will be safer for both of you to be in the limelight.
Be in touch
Tell your family of friends where you are going and keep your phone on during the date. If something goes wrong, they will know where to look for you.
When it comes to sex it is vital to use protection. You don't know where the relationship may lead, so taking care of your health is always a good idea. Be honest and don't be afraid to ask your partner about any possible STIs that you have to know about in advance. Just one question can save your health.
For further help and support
If there is an emergency, don't hesitate to call 911 and report the situation. For all other cases here are the contacts. The hotlines work 24/7.
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 www.thehotline.org