Risky business: The dangers of online dating and how to protect yourself
Catfishing: The Truth About Deception Online - Scientific American Blog Network
It's a Friday night and I'm about to meet a hot date I hooked up with on a dating app. After all, online dating fraud is on the rise and it seems easy for people to adopt false identities, stealing photos from other websites and concocting plausible back stories. Luckily, my date seemed legit, but if I'd been concerned I could have used a service like Circle 6. You can let six of your closest friends know where you are at all times, and with just one tap you can contact them should you feel in danger while out on a date. A few of the smaller apps are using technology such as Jumio, a digital identification service, to filter out scammers. Dating app TrueView, for example, uses it and has adopted a trust score verification system.
And many teenagers welcome the opportunity to exchange awkward face-to-face interactions with online dating. Not all online romances are the same. Some involve online chats and phone calls only, while others include in-person meetings. Either way, there are some dangers of online dating parents should know about.
These are the core obsessions that drive our newsroom—defining topics of seismic importance to the global economy. Our emails are made to shine in your inbox, with something fresh every morning, afternoon, and weekend. But fake profiles abound, sexual predators use the sites, and some common online dating behavior—like meeting alone after scant acquaintance, sharing personal information, and using geolocation—puts users at risk.