BBB Shares Warnings Associated WIth Online Dating

The Better Business Bureau shares some warnings associated with online dating:

More people are turning to the Internet to find Mr. or Ms. Right through online dating services, pop-up ads or email. The Consumer Fraud Task Force has a warning for those who use the Internet to find love.
Some tips and red flags to watch for include:                          

· Find out whether the dating service does any background checks or fraud scans before a person's profile is posted.

· Be cautious if the person claims to be recently widowed or says they're an American stationed overseas, possibly in the military.

· Be cautious if the person immediately asks you to communicate on an email or messaging system outside the dating site.

· Do a Google search on the person. You can even paste the text of the email, profile description, or pictures into Google and search to see if similar text, pictures or descriptions are used by others. Some criminals create multiple profiles and use the same information over and over.

· Be suspicious if the person hints that they are in financial trouble or have another sudden need for money.

· Check the person's name in online databases of sex offenders.

· If you decide to meet the person, go to a place where there are large numbers of people and where you feel safe. Consider taking someone along with you.