Internet dating danger stories
Beckman's story makes headlines because it is so unusual, the worst that most online daters encounter is stale conversation or a date that is 10 lbs. If you remain cautious and alert you can improve your chances of letting the right one in.
I was writing to this guy *Dale* (not his real name) through an internet dating site.
There is risk in online dating but there is also risk in crossing the street, driving your car, and even in staying indoors with the windows shut (what if there is an earthquake or hurricane?
How many of us have second, third, and even phantom free email accounts at our disposal? Not only did I meet my husband online, but I've also helped numerous singles become part of a couple online.
I thought I was being really safe and that we had built up an element of trust between each other.
We finally decided to meet at a public restaurant, and we both drove separately, and I was really hoping this would turn out all right.
We had several dates, and I had to go back to my home town to visit my Mom who was having a birthday party for my Dad, and I would be away for four days, and we agreed we would get together again as soon as I arrived home.
I returned home and called him, left a few messages, and didn't hear from him for two days. On the fifth day I was on IM and I saw him and sent him "Where have you been?
If you have any apprehension about online dating after hearing Beckman's story, I offer you these basic tips that may help protect yourself from a similar fate: 1. If something tells you that this guy or girl is not right, don't second guess it.