Online Dating Safety

Updated: 2/19/2013 6:42 pm

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Online Dating Safety

Every year millions of people are online searching for more than just directions or reviews. They’re looking for love, but in wake of the Manti Te'o hoax and a new trend called "Catfishing", local law enforcement are warning people to surf with caution.

By a click of a button and in the palm of your hand you can find almost anything, even the love of your life. However, one wrong entry on a website and you could make yourself vulnerable in the cyber world. Sgt. Jason Turner with the Victoria Police, Cyber Investigation division, said exchanging photos over smart phones and computers can pose a danger. Sgt. Turner said if you are meeting up with someone you met online, it's important to let others know where you are meeting and to meet in a public place and when you post online try to limit how much information you give out to the public. Catfishing is one of the newest online scams making headlines since the Manti Te'o hoax. Te'o fell in love through an online relationship, but it ended up being a scam. According to “eharmony”, there are some ways you can avoid being hooked on a fake line:

- Fact check, make sure the person is really who they say they are in the photo.
- Protect yourself with privacy settings
- Tell your friends about the online relationship so they can help identify red flags.

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