Given the sophistication of modern day scammers, here are six additional tips on how you can confirm the authenticity of a profile and protect yourself against fraud. Question unrealistic information If your partner proposal is a 22 year old surgeon, or you come across a stockbroker who claims that money is not important, then it's completely acceptable for you to be sceptical.
Always avoid contact if you're in any doubt about the information provided on a profile. Be mindful of your personal information Being curious about someone you've met via online dating is completely natural.
Communicate using NZDating If you have no reason to take a conversation outside of NZDating you are best to communicate using the NZDating systems.
In extreme cases messages sent using NZDating systems can be traced and appropriate action taken, whereas external mail services may not be possible to validate and may fall outside of the NZ legal system.
Use Common Sense While the vast majority of people using Internet services such as NZDating are normal and law-abiding; (in fact statistics tell us that these users are often highly educated, white-collar workers that earn above average incomes), unfortunately the Internet - just like the 'offline' world does have its share of unscrupulous users lurking in dark corners waiting to take advantage of trusting or naive people.
Our best advice is to use common sense as you would everywhere else. If something or someone sounds too good to be true then they probably are.
If you aren’t careful, you may be out of pocket and broken-hearted.
Please read our tips below and our website Code of Ethics. If the phone calls have gone well and you are confident you would like to meet this person, it is an exciting time but you should still heed the advice below.
You can still meet in person and have the choice to remain essentially anonymous.
Commander Chris Greany, the Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime at City of London Police, said criminals target those who they consider vulnerable and more likely to fall for scams: “Our intelligence tells us that people aged 50-59 are the most likely to become a victim of dating fraud and therefore need to be especially careful when going online in search of a partner.” Follow our tips to discover the danger of online dating and how to protect yourself.
If something goes wrong, you might feel too ashamed or embarrassed to act, but you must. It’s not just the financial loss, it’s also the emotional turmoil. The process varies between websites, for instance has a ‘Report this profile’ option.