Dangers of online dating websites
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.
One last word before I launch into our guidance: it’s worth highlighting that there are, broadly speaking, two different types of risks you face when it comes to online dating: While both types of risks are a concern, when it comes to members of Stitch (i.e.
people over 50), the greatest risk BY FAR is the online threat.
But you don’t even need to wait to do this: the Internet now provides a number of tools for having a video call with someone which don’t require you to hand out your Skype ID or email address.
Our favorite is Appear (appear.in), which lets you set up an instant, private video chat with someone for free, without giving out any personal information.
You’d think twice before getting into a complete stranger’s car, wouldn’t you?
Ask any of our members and they’ll tell you this extra focus on safety creates an environment that’s really not like anything they’ve found anywhere else.
But it also means we get some extraordinary insights into the sorts of things that scammers, fakes and fraudsters will try to do to get money (or worse) from their intended victims.
When it comes to online safety and dating sites, we like to think we know what we’re talking about.
Stitch is the only companionship site in the world that insists on identity verification for its members, and we do a lot of things behind the scenes to ensure that Stitch is free of scammers and fraudsters that most dating sites simply don’t do.