Meeting and building quick rapport is so easy online and lately I’ve noticed that women all too often let their guard down, lose their common sense or abandon their self protection to a total stranger.Reflecting back to when I was single and looking after my divorce, I’m shocked at how easily a woman WHO I DID NOT KNOW would invite me to her home (having never met me before) after a few chats via phone/email/text.You’ll also be able to build up a relationship with your match before meeting them, so you’ll be sure that when you do go on that date you’ll have a great time.Getting to know members on is great fun but if something doesn’t feel right, you can simply alert us to the issue and we will look into it straight away.It was kinda easy to WOO and WOW women on the phone and they not only thought me safe, they felt an almost unique connection with me.Now I mostly would talk to moms, because as a dad, I thought them safe. Just because they read a profile and a few correspondences or shared one cocktail at a bar, they felt they knew me and felt comfortable.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.
Like with anything you do on the Internet, “there is risk of identity theft, financial fraud, trolling/internet stalking, catfishing and general safety issues when meeting someone you don't know,” says Gina Stewart, an online dating expert.We asked Stewart and Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, for their tips for enjoying dating sites while making sure you stay safe. If you’ve never used a dating site or app before, you might not know which one to pick.According to Stewart, you should always “stick to mainstream websites and be cognizant that anyone can join most any site and pose as any person.” One way to tell if a website is trustworthy is the extent to which it lets you protect your information.When you meet someone online, get to know them well so that you can have a better understanding of who they are and whether you will be compatible.At we offer Emails and Instant Messenger which is a great way to get to know your match without having to share your personal details such as your phone number or your email address.However, is it really worth taking the risk for the 1-2% who might be dangerous?As your heart protector, here are some common sense safety tips when you think he’s different: First, meet in a public place.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.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.