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Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places?

Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places? - The Beacon

02-2014

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By: Tom

Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places?

Your BBB advises people seeking love this Valentine’s Day to proceed with caution.  I know someone who’s used online dating services, and he’s a bit picky, which is a good thing.  He’s received alerts from prospects who have said, “I saw your photo, and I just know that you are a wonderful person, and I could make you very happy.”  Generally in these cases, if the relationship proceeds further, the prospects will encrypt their contact information to communicate outside the dating service and thus bypass the dating service’s rules. My friend has never bought into contacting these people because he figures they’re looking for a way to get him hooked, and separate him from his money and break his heart in the process.

We actually had a story recently here in Evansville, where a romantic liaison went wrong, and the man reportedly fired a shotgun at two women.  To read the full story, click here.

The best thing to consider is to not move too quickly when looking for that special person.  Guard your heart,  use your head, and ask questions of yourself.  Don’t just go on photos.  Unfortunately, there are those who may post photos that are not theirs.  If you do finally decide to meet, make sure friends and family know where you are going, and if things don’t feel right, make sure you have an exit strategy before you arrive.  Meet in a public place, and take things slowly. 

Your BBB wishes everyone a happy and safe Valentine’s Day.

For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org/evansville.

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Tom

Tom is Vice President for the Tri-State Better Business Bureau. In addition to answering the needs of our accredited businesses, Tom can be seen on WEVV providing tips for businesses and consumers. He also works closely with other local media outlets to keep our community informed of marketplace issues affecting our area.