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A prevalent problem Connecting with prospective matches electronically is a thrill, but hope and excitement can supersede sound judgment and fact checking.
A study about online dating and credit habits by Protect My ID.com, Experian’s identity theft protection program, found that nearly half of the respondents never verify the authenticity of their chat mates, and nearly 10 percent actually sent them their Social Security numbers or bank account information.
Your credit and other financial interests may be at risk if you don’t guard yourself from those falsely fishing for companionship.
Here’s how to protect more than just your heart when seeking a mate via the Internet.
More, sharing personal details is intrinsic to forming a relationship, but it also can expose you to fraud, says Paul Falzone CEO of Norwell, Mass.-based e Love, one of the world’s largest brick-and-mortar dating services.“They meet young, beautiful women on dating sites who are supposedly looking for love from older wealthy individuals,” says Falzone.When the gentlemen take the bait, “again, something dreadful happens that requires the man to send money.” Without enough cash, victims often charge the amount to rescue their dear one.Before getting the company’s seal of approval, participating daters must physically go to one of their more than 50 locations and get checked, screened and cleared.Still, says Falzone, “It’s an ongoing fight that doesn’t end.”What’s a dater to do?