Information about internet dating and how to protect yourself.
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Dating sites and apps are a way for people to meet. Here some important things to consider:
Some dating sites are fake. They can look like real websites but are aimed only at stealing people’s identity and bank details.
Some profiles may also be fake. They try to lure users towards them before defrauding them with a ‘hard luck’ story. They often try and get money from them.
Some users pretend to be someone different. They aim to exploit the users or their families.
Meeting someone in person for the first time from online may be risky.
Here are some tips to follow.
- Choose what website or app you use carefully
- Protect your privacy
- Visit Cyber Aware for step-by-step instructions on keeping your devices up to date with the latest security updates and online security advice
- Be careful if you do decide to meet somebody in person
- Don’t get emotionally drawn into an online relationship. This can leave you vulnerable to financial exploitation. The person may not be who they say they are and they may not even actually exist.