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You’ve been good all year, well mostly. It’s time for you to have a Valentine’s Day for the history books! One that is full of love and romance, or at least full of fun and (hopefully) chocolate candy hearts!
Before you shop for hot new duds or book a date in your iPhone calendar, figure out how to properly vet your Valentine’s Day date. This may not ensure a lasting love connection, but it will cut down on catfish, scammers, and keep you safe!
While this isn’t always possible, if someone is only wining and dining you online, they may not be a real person. Instead of putting all your eggs into one basket (or your candy-hearts into one heart-shaped box) and reserving a date with someone you haven’t met on Valentine’s Day, offer to meet them in advance. It can be casual, like a coffee date, etc.
Most people want to meet in-person before they dish out the ‘I love you’s’ or commit to anything besides an initial meetup. If someone is coming on strong and pushing for Valentine’s Day date, only, be suspicious. They might be a catfish who won’t show up to the date or a scammer who wants to trick you into sending them money or gifts in advance!
Don’t Accept Gifts via Link
Most of us love gifts. Gift receiving is even considered one of the “The 5 Love Languages”. However, if an online date or connection is sending you links for an online “gift” before you’re met face to face, it likely contains downloadable malware that will steal information about you (birthdate, SSN, driver’s silence number, social media login, etc.).
If the gift is by mail, it might be legitimate but why would you give out your address to someone you haven’t met? More than likely it is from an overseas scammer who wants you to trust them and then collect your cash!
Keep Your Private Detail Private
The first date with someone is only that one date. If someone is asking where you work, your address, etc., do not provide them with that information. You should remain somewhat careful and suspicious until you have a handful of (good) dates, get to know them, and meet their friends or family. Go slow, or keep your information private even if you progress quickly!
Check Them Out (Online)
Due to the many online dating and romance scams in today’s world, meeting a stranger warrants a quick and easy online search. New algorithm-fueled sites have emerged, which search for the details that matter when you’re online or app dating.
These include a search of all major search engines in one place through a reverse image search, username, name, phone number search, etc. Social Catfish provides one of the most thorough, best-priced searches in the click of a button.
Before you go to your rendezvous location, look up the address. Is GPS sending you to where your date claimed it would? Consult Google Maps and look at the satellite version, especially if you’re meeting at night. Make sure you aren’t being directed to an abandoned area or home, etc. Even if you like your date’s company, take separate cars or meet at one location where you won’t have to drive with them.
While these safety measures might seem restrictive, they won’t last forever if you like or trust the person after several dates. If they suggest a meeting at a restaurant or area you’re unfamiliar with, run a search engine scan to see if that meeting point is still open for business and how and where you will park.
Valentine’s Day is an excellent time for those in the mood for the flowers and candy. Don’t let an online scammer ruin your February 14th! Visit Berify today: https://berify.com/
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