Membership means that the site has to commit to an industry code of practice that includes honest communication with users, protecting their privacy and providing a mechanism for reporting abuse.Inclusion of the ODA's logo on the site indicates membership.So you've made a "connection" with someone online and you want to move things forward.You want to give them your phone number but you're afraid to.For others, however, it can be a life-ruining decision – leaving us penniless, heartbroken and with many more problems heading our way.The only way to avoid an online romance scam is to be aware of their occurrences and also to know how to spot them before they begin. By Karen Mooney, ABIA Press Officer Over the past 23 years since I have been in the industry, Introduction/ dating agencies have grown beyond all belief especially since the advent of on-line dating in 2000. You can usually spot them by checking out several different websites and if your date has been active on a few I can generally say he/she is a serial dater! Lastly use your ‘gut feeling’, if something your date says doesn’t add up beware, it’s probably not true.Millions of people find love via the web each year. Dress appropriately – nothing too revealing if you are female, it can give the wrong impression. If you seem to click with a stranger in cyberspace and they ask you for money after telling you a hard luck story – usually, “I want to see you but I don’t have enough money to travel”; “I’ve been robbed/beaten and my wallet stolen”; “I need urgent surgery” or “my mother/father/sister etc is seriously ill and I can’t afford the medical bills”, don’t be taken in. By following these simple 8 steps (especially if dating on- line) there should be no problem with safe dating.
You should check if the dating site you are using is a member of the Online Dating Association (ODA).This is indeed your one stop spot for internet dating help.Information about scammers and spammers will protect you from the handful of people who use online dating services illegitimately and emotional safety tips will keep your heart intact.There is safety in numbers and meeting for the first time in a restaurant or coffee shop would provide enough witnesses should the date turn sour.Never – and I mean never – meet a man at his home or even think of inviting him to your home until you really get to know him. Yes, tell a friend or family member the details about where you are meeting, give them his contact details like name and phone number and any other additional information you have about him.