Dating apps such as Tinder, Bumble, Match.com and Plenty of Fish have become hugely popular in the UK in recent years. However, for some people it has led to beatings, sexual assaults, cons and even murder. The police and those working in the criminal justice system have become increasingly concerned about the potential dangers of online dating in the wake of some appalling court cases. A number of warnings have been issued as a result but for those unused to online dating, it is all too easy to be hoodwinked and let your enthusiasm for a potential squeeze cloud your common sense or better judgement. So, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, we have put together a few safety tips for anyone entering the weird and wonderful world of online dating. 10 key things you can do to help you stay safe: Vet the person you are planning to meet Don't meet someone without thoroughly checking them out first. Are they who they say they are? Search for details online, ask around, look in the … [Read more...] about Top Tinder and Bumble online dating safety tips
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A warning has been issued by a Derbyshire forensic scientist about the potential dangers of dating apps such as Tinder, Plenty of Fish, Bumble and Grindr. Dr Ruth Tully who has appeared on Sky and the BBC, is warning Derbyshire people to be highly circumspect about who they choose to meet up with. Dr. Tully has provided her expertise for a new TV documentary called Swipe Right For Murder, after examining some terrifying killings that have come about after people meet online. She has also offered some advice to people using the apps to alert them to the potential dangers that lurk online. She said: “I was delighted to land a spot on ‘Swipe Right For Murder’, but it did make the risks seem all too real. "Statistics show that one in five people between the ages of 25 and 34 now meet their partner online. "The online dating sector has grown into an industry worth more than £1.7 billion. Online dating can be a great way to meet new people but it opens users up to huge … [Read more...] about Abusive behaviour and revealing your identity: the dangers of online dating
COWARDLY speedboat killer Jack Shepherd enjoyed trendy nights out, luxury ski trips and even went back on online dating as he went on the run in Georgia. The 31-year-old fled to Tbilisi 10 months ago before being sentenced to six years behind bars in his absence for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown on a first date. Charlotte, 24, died after the boat Shepherd bought to "pull women" flipped on the River Thames during a champagne-fuelled first date in December 2015 after meeting on OkCupid. But just weeks into his life on the run, the shameless fugitive was back online dating and using Tinder to meet local women, The Times reports. Locals recall seeing Shepherd attending trendy bars and a ski resort in the area - even drinking with a mystery English-speaking blonde as he cowered from justice. The former web developer lived in the Bagebi suburb of the Georgian capital and was a regular at the Restaurant Bageby, where he would sit drinking £1 local beer. Barman Mikhael Gabrichidze … [Read more...] about Shameless speedboat killer Jack Shepherd lived it up at trendy bars and luxury resorts during 10 months as a fugitive – and ‘went BACK online dating’
"If I'm honest, she was totally out of my league," says John (38) from Dublin. "So it was a surprise - a pleasant surprise - when she was so keen to meet up." Over the course of a week, John and Sandra exchanged somewhere in the region of 80 messages on WhatsApp, where their relationship became "very intense very quickly". At first Sandra asked lots of "ice-breaker questions", but before long her messages became sexually graphic. "I was just out of a long-term relationship and new to the whole online dating thing," says John. "I had heard loads of people say Tinder was for hook-ups and all that so I just assumed that that was the way it was." A date was soon arranged in a venue on Dublin's Southside but neither party turned up. The day beforehand, John told a friend about his upcoming date. He showed him a picture of Sandra and shared some of the messages she had sent him. "He smelt a rat immediately," says John, "especially when I told him that she only had one photograph of herself … [Read more...] about Bad romance: The dark side of online dating
Online dating is an activity that draws in millions of people the world over, with users searching via a range of topics, depending on whether they want casual friendship or long-lasting romance, based on parameters such as age, sexual orientation, interests, and numerous other possibilities. But is online dating dangerous? There are certainly risks to be aware of. One of the most obvious perceived risks of this form of dating is the lack of knowledge about the person you are communicating with. It is certainly possible to build up valuable friendships or even long-standing romance with someone you have only just connected with in this virtual environment, but this lack of any face-to-face connection in the early stages leaves people open to exploitation at the hands of less scrupulous site visitors. Scamming Scamming is a real risk to people using any date service. Unfortunately, the perpetrators of this type of dishonesty are adept at lulling victims into a false sense of security. … [Read more...] about What are the real and perceived risks and dangers of online dating?