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Online dating is a great way to meet people; however, not everyone is genuine. There are scammers who use dating sites to target people and trick them out of money or cause them harm. Scammers also use social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype), text messages and email.

Scammers are experienced at tricking people of all ages, background and sexualities (even highly intelligent, well-educated, confident internet users).

Here are some steps that may help you stay safe when dating online:

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