And there are those who are trying to get their foot inside your house. All the same, if online dating is your main way of meeting a man, be careful. Dating Metrics have a useful guide to help keep you safe when dating online.
On Friday, 35-year-old Jeffrey Hogg was sentenced in court in Charlottetown to 40 months behind bars for sexually assaulting a woman he met on the internet dating site Plenty of Fish.
It was the second time he was convicted for sexually assaulting a woman he met online — he lured the women using a false name and assaulted them after meeting for a date.
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.
I’ve heard many horror stories about online dating. It turned out he wasn’t really interested in having a relationship with me, he was more interested in coming to the UK. No doubt, after getting emotionally attached, I would do anything for him (so he hoped), including helping him move to the UK.
Women are getting scammed for money by men posing as single and free. Others have their women at home and just want to try something new. Anyway, I discovered his game and ended our short friendship.
"Don't be fooled into thinking that this is a thing that's happening and be pressured into making quick sexual encounters," she advised.
Treat these invitations as you would dating in person — don't do it because you believe it's a trend, she urged.
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.
"Online predators will spend the time getting to know you, using personal information that you've listed, in order to lure you and give you this false sense of intimacy," Ordolis said. Stick to your safety measures when you're making your first dates." Do not let people know where you are or where you live, Ordolis advises.