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Senior Online Dating Tips

The dating game has completely changed since Match.com launched its online dating site in 1995. Since then, dozens of new sites have emerged targeting every kind of dater, including those specifically catering to people over 50 like SilverSingles and OurTime. Meeting someone this way can be fun and exciting but can also come with emotional and financial risk if you skip over the dos and don’ts of online dating. Here’s how to keep yourself safe.

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Don’ts: Steps To Prevent Online Dating Scams

In the online world, it’s easy to feel that you know someone well, but you really don’t. It’s safest to regard someone you met online as a stranger and be cautious about what you share with them.

Just like spam email and texts, online scammers may try to get access to your financial information through purchases on fake websites or by infecting your tech with malware to access bank and credit card numbers and passwords.

Another tactic of scammers is to give the appearance that they are part of your larger social circle and are familiar with you and your lifestyle. They do this based on what you’ve told them or by combing through your social media posts and making them seem familiar because they know so much about you. You can take a few steps to make this harder for them.  

Do’s: How To Date Online Safely

There are also steps you can take to make the online dating experience a good one. It starts from the very beginning when you pick which site to use.

Once you’ve picked a site and set up your profile, be choosy when assessing potential matches.

When you’re ready to connect with a person you’ve matched with, take your time and let the relationship evolve slowly. Spend some time getting to know the person. Even then, make sure they are who they say they are.

Stay proactive to keep your online dating experience a safe and enjoyable one. The dating apps all have information and tools to keep yourself safe, avoid theft, and report fake profiles and scammers. Build these checks into your online dating experience.

Enlist your friends and family to help you out. It can be easy to miss signs of fraud or unsavory behavior. And, once you’ve connected with someone and your emotions become involved, it’s difficult to evaluate a person objectively.

How To Report Scammers

Everyone can do their part to help protect themselves and others by reporting online dating scams. If you experience any of these things, report it.

Take screen shots of the accounts and correspondence and provide the images with your report. Report suspicious profiles or messages to the dating app or social media platform.

Report theft or fraud to:

Summary

When looking for love online, it’s important to balance being cautious with all the benefits of being in a relationship. The good news is there are many more singles than ever before in their 50s, 60s and 70s looking for a companion or life partner. Paying attention to the dos and don’ts of online dating can make the dating experience safer and ultimately, keep the focus on meeting the people who are genuinely looking for a loving relationship.

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