Safe internet dating
“I knew that I needed to be particularly careful when meeting up with these guys,” Nina says.
“The day before, I Googled the guy [I was meeting] to see if anything (mug shots, arrest records) would come up, and I spent about on Spokeo to do a quick background check to verify his name, address and phone number.
If you think you’re being too careful, you’re probably doing it right.
“If the person starts asking you for personal details too soon, being pushy about where he or she wants to meet up, or seeming too good to be true, do your homework,” Stewart says.
“Some sites let you block or report aggressive or inappropriate users,” Stewart says.
“Use it.” Telling someone to leave you alone or simply not responding will most likely not get the job done, especially if you are in fact dealing with a stalker.
“There are about 10,001 background search companies out there,” Stewart says.
“Does that information stay with that company, or do they sell or lease it out?
Believe it or not, some sites sell your profile or information.
“Googling background searches will give you a wealth of options.
There are even some specifically for online dating, like Luv Fax.” Stewart encourages you to do a little research beforehand, as long as you don’t tell your date about it!
Additionally, it is “best to not participate in any activity where you’re not able to leave,” she says.