Dating sites and apps have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Unfortunately, the popularity of these sites brings new and challenging risks to light. Catfishing, trolling, internet stalking, identity theft, financial fraud and sexual assault are among those risks. According to police another popular scam on dating sites occurs when someone creates a fake profile to engage an unknowing victim in conversation. They then encourage the victim to disrobe and perform compromising acts, which they will videotape. They then research the victim on social media and threaten to send the videotape to family and friends unless a sum of money is paid.
Here are some simple ways to help keep you safe both online and off:
Trust your gut feelings…if you sense something is wrong do not ignore those feelings to be polite. Leave the date as soon as possible.
Always bring enough cash with you to take a cab or bus ride home.
Charge your phone before you leave and always bring it with you.
Public Safety and Transportation
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