Is it safe to date online?

Is it safe to date online?

Is it safe to date online?

Is it safe to date online? If I had £1 for every time I have been asked this question I would be extremely wealthy.

In the week where yet again a man in the UK has been jailed for life for a crime relating to online dating. This time the murder of an innocent lady on the website Plenty of Fish, then we asked Julie Lazarus, Senior Membership Adviser at Searchmate for her views. Says Julie “I have to say unequivocally that – no it’s not safe and you must do so at your own peril.”

This time it was a sick and savage fantasist Carl Langdell, who had previously told his Psychiatric Nurse that he wanted to slash a ladies throat and that he was a monster, was jailed for life for the murder of the young teacher Katie Locke, in the grounds of the 4 Star, Theobalds Park Hotel, in Hertfordshire.

Julie continues “I am going to stop dressing this up and come right out and recommend that NO it is no longer safe to date online. The service that we offer at Searchmate is much safer for the following reasons”:

A Much Safer Option

  • All of our members are personally interviewed and vetted using one of the most comprehensive questionnaires in the UK
  • We have one of the most sophisticated authentication and verification systems in the dating industry
  • We attract people genuinely looking for a long term ongoing monogamous relationship
  • Our clients are usually from a professional, executive or business background
  • There is no online profile or photograph, your data is completely secure
  • You work one on one with a Personal Matchmaker. That we allocate to you on joining – someone with a thorough knowledge of our database.
  • We have our own leading edge matchmaking technology, designed specifically to be used by a Personal Matchmaker
  • We are a well established, professional company. With the largest team of Personal Matchmakers in the UK – come to our office and meet us if you wish.

Chat with Julie Today!

Julie continues further; “So please don’t take risks putting your life on the line by meeting people from the internet. Ring me today for a no obligation chat on our service and how it works on 0800 644 4160. Or chat to me through our chat technology on our homepage. There is no cost whatsoever for our advice or help initially. And our joining fees are amongst the most competitive in the industry. Or click here to leave your details and we’ll get back to you.”


Online dating scammer jailed

Online dating scammer jailed

More online dating horrors

The Daily Mail reported recently the story of a con artist who found that the world of UK online dating offers him a very easy means of duping and exploiting single women. This time it’s the story of a gambling addict in Birmingham who drove one of his targets into bankruptcy, leaving her struggling to cope with high interest payments after stealing her identity to set up loans.

By approaching women on the online dating website Plenty of Fish he managed to gain their trust in order to obtain their bank account details which he then used to apply for loans. He asked his targets to forward money that came into their accounts on to him -not asking them for money but for a favour, but of course they did not realise they were becoming just one of his string of victims and part of a very costly scam. He had already been arrested before going on, through the very same online dating website, to exploit two more women in the same way.

Of course some of those commenting on the story wonder how women can let themselves be duped, yet we see these cases reported all the time and they serve to demonstrate how vulnerable anyone of us can be when we are looking for love and how unregulated and uncontrolled dating is online.

And it isn’t just women falling for these tricks. Men too have been targeted through on line dating sites where it is just too easy to be whoever you wish to be. On line dating seems a con artist’s paradise with still no checks on those using these sites despite numerous cases such as this one hitting the headlines. If you would like to read the full article in the Daily Mail here’s the link:

Be assured that everyone who uses our high quality introductory services is personally interviewed and those who book onto our singles events through our sister website needs to give their identity details when booking. Our events are always supervised to provide you with a safer, fun and genuine alternative to online dating.

We have helped bring thousands of couples together over the years and we are hearing that more and more singles prefer our straightforward face to face way of meeting prospective partners.

We advise everyone to take care when dating, especially when meeting those you have never met over the internet.

And remember, if it doesn’t feel quite right to you, it almost certainly isn’t.

Let’s be careful out there!