When Rat Pack singers croon about "strangers in the night," it sounds so romantic.But in the online dating world, meeting strangers can be scary and poses a whole host of challenges, among them money scams and identity theft.Meeting and building quick rapport is so easy online and lately I’ve noticed that women all too often let their guard down, lose their common sense or abandon their self protection to a total stranger.
(You typically use an encrypted email on these sites.) Stay local.
Does it jar you to find a man writing about dating safety? As my fatal attraction to that mad mermaid proved, scary situations can pop up for anyone in the dating world — female or male, online or not. If you feel truly threatened, explain the situation to the cafe manager and ask him or her to walk you to your car. "What would your friend have done if you hadn't picked up? "She had instructions to call the police," she replied. I accepted, thanking her for her trust, but later mentioned that she could have been putting herself at risk.