And it’s not even close: by our estimates, a senior’s chances of experiencing abuse in the real world are less than 1/1000th of their chances of being targeted for a scam online.
That may sound surprising, but the reasons are quite straightforward: We’re not saying you don’t need to exercise caution when meeting a stranger for a date — you absolutely should — but if you are over 50, statistically speaking the greatest risk you face in the online dating world comes when you are dealing with someone when using online dating sites, and most of the tips below relate to online safety.
Remember the example I gave earlier about the scammer from Ghana impersonating the executive in Chicago?
OK, without further ado, here are our top 15 tips for staying safe on online dating sites: You need to remind yourself that you know absolutely nothing about the person you’ve just met, apart from what they’ve said on their profile.
Fortunately there are a number of things you can do to get more information about them, including: This one is a no-brainer, but is easy to get wrong.
You see, after being stung, she was so upset that she went back to night school and trained as a private investigator. You guessed it: cyber-security, with a focus on fighting scammers.
This was Maria’s way of getting back at those who had hurt her.