Episode 3 – Online Dating Safety Tips

Below is Episode 3 of the Online Dating Tonight show. This episode sports a slightly different “feel” with more great information delivered in a creative fashion. As always, we’ve posted the transcript of the show below the video.

Online Dating Safety Tips

TRANSCRIPT

Cassandra:
Good evening. I’m Cassandra and this is Online Dating Tonight. Let’s get started with tonight’s important online dating topic and that would be online dating safety. To discuss online dating safety, please help me welcome online dating safety expert, Damien.

(Damien is wearing blue gloves)

Damien:
Thank you, Cassandra. It is a pleasure to be here.

Cassandra:
Why the blue gloves?

Damien:
Oops. I forgot I had them on. In addition to being an online dating safety expert, I’m also an airport security guard and I just got off work.

Cassandra:
I thought, perhaps you were auditioning for the Blue Man Group (laughter). So back to our topic. What, in your opinion, are the top 5 most important online dating safety tips for online daters to follow?

Damien:
First, remember that online dating profiles are personas. You don’t really know who is behind that profile. So until you get to know them better, guard your personal information including your name, job, and other info that can identify you.

Cassandra:
That’s good advice. What’s second?

Damien:
Second, don’t continue communicating with someone who makes excuses for not being able to meet in person. They are likely a scammer or married.

Cassandra:
Married people using online dating services?

Damien:
Yes. Almost 30% of people that use online dating services are married.

Cassandra:
What a shame.

Damien:
My third tip is about email. At some point you may want to communicate with someone outside of the dating site that you are using. For this, set up a free email account and do not list your full name on the account. Use the account only for your dating communications.

Cassandra:
When you mention free email accounts, are you talking about sites like Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail?

Damien:
Absolutely. Hot male, like me (audience laughter). Fourth, once you’ve gotten to know someone, do a background check and Google check on them. You do not need to be obsessive about it, but it is good to know with whom you are getting involved. Fifth, and finally, if you are meeting someone in person then meet in a public place. Also, drive yourself to the date and make sure someone knows where your date is and who you are with. And by the way, Cassandra, a good first date is a coffee place because it isn’t intimidating and it gives you the chance to see if there is chemistry before going on more elaborate dates.

Cassandra:
Wow, some dating tips too? So, Damien, do you take your first dates out for coffee?

Damien:
Yes. At the airport. (audience laughter)

Cassandra:
That is all the time we have for this week’s episode. If you are navigating the busy superhighway of love, always be safe and alert. Next week will be a special episode as I answer reader questions. Email your questions to me through cassandra@onlinedatingtonight.com. I will see you next week.

(concluding music plays — show is over)

Damien:
Cassandra, I did a Google check on you and see you like dancing. Tell me what you think of my new dance moves.

(Damien begins dancing – doing a “Robot-like” dance. Cassandra isn’t impressed. But she eventually starts mimicking his dance)

End — Video copyright 2011 Joe Tracy. You can embed it on your site via YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QoDf3hKPks)

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