Their members all go through criminal background checks, but filtering fraud is not guaranteed.e Love is making an extra effort, however, with a new product called e Love Select.Your credit and other financial interests may be at risk if you don't guard yourself from those falsely fishing for companionship.Here's how to protect more than just your heart when seeking a mate via the Internet.Robert Siciliano, an identity theft expert and consultant for the security company Intelius, has posted fictitious profiles on dating websites for his job and says it's never long before a potential thief is in contact and professing love. They tell me how much they miss me and think about me." Then, says Siciliano, "they are in your home, rifling through your drawers, getting your account information." Dating services efforts Of course, online dating companies strive for customer protection.For instance, Pasadena, Calif.-based dating site e Harmony's publishes safety tips on their home page, in "5 Dating Rules You Should Never Break," including "if a potential date's actions or words set off an internal alarm system, you owe it to yourself to pay attention and act accordingly." Encounter a con?
Siciliano believes credit monitoring services can help make sure accounts aren't tampered with while dating online.
"They meet young, beautiful women on dating sites who are supposedly looking for love from older wealthy individuals," says Falzone.
When the gentlemen take the bait, "again, something dreadful happens that requires the man to send money." Without enough cash, victims often charge the amount to rescue their dear one.
Before getting the company's seal of approval, participating daters must physically go to one of their more than 50 locations and get checked, screened and cleared.
Still, says Falzone, "It's an ongoing fight that doesn't end." What's a dater to do?
Within a week, some tragic event happens, and he has no funds to return to the U.