The sooner you are able to check that the person at the other end of the internet connection simply like their profile, the quicker you will have eliminated 95% of the scammers out there.
The simplest way to do this is to meet in person, of course, and we’ve got some advice about doing this further down on the list below.
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.
Some victims had ended up in jail, after being unwittingly duped into committing crimes themselves.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.She met me for coffee not long after joining Stitch and showed me a 90-page dossier she had prepared for me.She wanted me to truly understand how the scammers worked.Unfortunately, if you are a senior, or even just over 50, then you need to be even more careful.Statistics show that seniors are not only more likely to have fallen for an online scam, they are more likely to be targeted, and when they lose money, they lose more than their younger peers.Not only does one report after another highlight how many people are being duped by scammers every year, but we’ve had many members of Stitch tell us their stories about how they’ve lost money themselves.My favourite story is that of Maria*, one of our members lost close to ,000 to a scammer from Ghana.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.