Sites like Twitter and Linked In are a great starting place to compare information and photos to ensure the person you’re interested in is exactly who they claim to be.There’s no such thing as “too safe” when it comes to Internet activity.Especially for online daters, any form of personal verification is not only helpful in starting an honest, legitimate relationship, but it’s a foolproof way to make sure you’re protecting yourself from catfishing, scammers and potential physical harm.While personal verification is a fairly new feature of online dating sites, it is quickly being accepted as a normal expectation."The biggest deal is to meet in a place that’s safe," said Raymond Foster, a retired LAPD lieutenant who is an expert in police technology. In February, federal authorities busted a ring of diamond thieves victimizing sellers across the country under the direction of a state prison inmate who was using Craigslist to set up "robberies by appointment," according to the FBI.On Wednesday, a 25-year-old Vermont man who advertised a property for rent on the site that was never available was accused of taking rent money from two women and will appear in court Oct. "All traditional crime has migrated to the Internet -- robbery is robbery and scams are scams," Foster told Fox Keep up with our online dating blog to learn more ways you can protect yourself as you dive into the online dating world.
That said, it’s important to remember that it’s not impossible to create a fake Facebook account to link to a Tinder membership, so users should still remain a bit wary of sites where the only form of verification comes from the supplementary social media account connected to it.To match INTERNET-ATTACK/ REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files (POLAND - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTXXZVX (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files) When Daniel Zeitz posted his Play Station 4 for sale on Craigslist, the young Georgia man had no idea what would befall him. 12 while meeting a potential buyer in a parking lot of an apartment complex, allegedly by a 16-year-old girl who, along with her boyfriend, sought to steal the video gaming system.Twenty-year-old Nathaniel Vivian and the teenage girl, whose name has not been released, met Zeitz at about p.m. When Vivian tried to rob Zeitz of his PS4, a struggle ensued during which the girl fired a shot from a .25 caliber handgun that passed through Vivian's hand and struck Zeitz in the chest, killing him, police say -- all while her 16-month-old baby looked on.To avoid situations like this, users should be sure to take part in the photo verification feature whenever possible. To verify your photos, go to the verification section of your profile and select “Verify Photos.” There, you’ll be prompted to record your short selfie video that will be submitted and reviewed by moderators at Zoosk.For Zoosk users, being officially verified means that their personal profile will be rewarded with a badge icon, indicating to visitors that the site has in fact verified that they are who they claim to be in their photos. If you’d rather use another dating service, there’s another way for you to verify the photos of the person you’re chatting to or interested in.