They say that the course of true love never runs smooth…and this can be especially true if your romance started online and you now find yourself sitting with your bank account empty, compromising photos of yourself all over the web or just an overwhelming feeling of embarrassment!
It can be pretty hard to recover from all of that, even though they do say love is blind!
So this St Valentine’s Day, Fusion has teamed up with the Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland to open your eyes to some great advice to keep you safe while dating online…
• Pick a reputable dating website and don’t move the conversation off its messaging service until you’re confident the person is who they say they are
• Get to know the person, not the profile
• Ask plenty of questions – don’t rush into an online relationship. This may also help you avoid becoming a victim of a false sexual relationship
• Never send money or your bank details to someone you’ve met online, no matter what. Your bank will normally do their best to track and recover your payment, but is not responsible for your losses
• Don’t give away too many personal details. Revealing your full name, date of birth, home address or workplace could lead to identity theft or personal harm
• Check the person is genuine by putting their name, profile pictures or any repeatedly used phrases and the term ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’ into your search engine
• If you become a victim of dating fraud, report it immediately to @actionfrauduk and the dating site where you met, however embarrassing you might think it is. This could result in recovering your money (although that’s unusual), and importantly, help to protect others from becoming victims
You owe it to yourself to make this Valentine’s Day a day to remember – and not because, you spent it cancelling all your bank cards and/or booking in for a face transplant!
For further information please visit www.getsafeonline.org/safedating or search for the following hashtags on Twitter: