"You're looking for a connection, someone you're physically attracted to -- who's physically attracted to you -- plus someone who doesn't make you feel bored from the get-go," Schwartz tells Web MD. "But don't let the love bug mesmerize you," says Paul Falzone, author of the book, Find the Right One and CEO of "The Right One"and "Together," two nationwide dating services.Falzone tells a story of a North Carolina woman who fell "totally in love" with a Massachusetts man she met online. Eventually, he encouraged her to sell her house, pack everything into a truck, and prepare herself and her two young children for a new life. There’s little time to get all the things done in a day that have to be taken care of, let alone find the time to meet someone new.When it comes to women using the Internet to find potential dates or partners, however, there’s both good news and bad news.The vast majority of people using dating sites are sincere and honest in the information they provide and in their reasons for joining.However, there are exceptions, and you need to be aware of how to keep yourself - and your bank account and savings - protected while meeting people online.You never really know who it is that is behind the screen name.Hiding behind a made-up moniker could be a rapist, a child molester, a wife-beater, a criminal, or an otherwise unsavory character. You wouldn’t if you’d read some of the horror stories posted on some sites that seek to reveal the dangers and the risks posed by use of online dating services.
It’s easy to obtain a secret email address, create an online persona, even arrange for a post office box for mailing correspondence, all in an attempt to cloak a true identity.
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If that sounds familiar, it’s time to brush up on the rules of safe online dating.
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