The team at New Scientist Connect go to great effort to find, remove and make it difficult for them to join again.Scammers are professional criminals and can be very adept at hiding their tracks.You can use the call as an excuse to cut the date short if things go badly.Make sure you have your own transport for the first date.There'll be plenty of time to get to know each other if the date goes well.Make sure you have your phone with you, make sure it's charged and that you know your network's emergency number... Don't leave your drink unattended, and keep your personal belongings with you at all times - even when you go to the bathroom.That's where you come in - love does, after all, conquer all - even temporary cash flow problems.
If something seems wrong or you suddenly feel uncomfortable or threatened, remove yourself from the situation. Most members of New Scientist Connect are just like you - they're hoping to find someone special, and make a real connection, but just like any other facet of life, there's an occasional rotten apple lurking in the barrel, just waiting for a kind-hearted person to scam.If you are meeting far away from home, make sure to arrange your own accommodation, preferably with a friend or relative. If you can't organize accommodation, rather postpone the first date or have your potential match travel to your part of the world. It's your right to feel safe and secure in any social situation you choose, so don't be pressured into anything that makes you feel vulnerable or uncomfortable.A TALL, handsome, stranger approaches me at the bar.They'll usually employ one of the following two methods to extract cash out of you: Your online match has professed undying love (usually with undue haste), now all that lies between the two of you and enduring happiness is a couple of borders."Wouldn't it be great to meet, test this new found love? But alas, he or she just doesn't have the spare cash for a ticket/visa/pet sitter.