There are lots of ways that people using dating sites might try and scam you on Black Friday. Whether you’re using Match, eHarmony, Tinder, or even a casual dating network there are ways that people may attempt to scam you during Black Friday.
Most reputable sites have tight security in place for these types of things but it’s better to know what to look for and what to report to support should you come across anything suspicious. Here’s a rundown of all the scams that you must avoid this year during the Black Friday weekend and throughout the holiday shopping season in general.
How To Avoid Scams On Black Friday
If you’re using any dating apps or websites, then you’re subject to dealing with scammers and scumbags that prey on people on Black Friday. It’s perhaps the day where scammers (even scam networks) are most active and you will run into an issue if you’re using a half-ass dating network.
They are not all half-ass, but those that are might cause you some trouble. Here are a couple of things to remember during the biggest shopping day of the year.
1. Don’t Click External Links In Member’s Area
If someone within whatever dating network is sending you external or third party links, then you’ll want to avoid clicking them. In the event that they send you links that are not to their own photos or profiles, then do not click the link. Some scammers will try and send you shopping deals. Most of the time, they present it to you as if they’ve bought something themselves and they just wanted to be nice and share it with you. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT click that link.
What they’re trying to do is get you to click a link so that they can install something into your computer that either a) displays more ads on your machine or phone or b) collects your credit card information as you type it in.
In the event that someone sends you a third-party link, you must report them to the website customer support department immediately. Tell support the username they are using and the link they sent you. This will help protect other users.
2. Don’t Send Money To Anyone
If someone asks if you’d like to donate to Toys of Tots or some charity for kids, do yourself a favor and say no! Run from those people as fast as you can! They’re typically not giving money to any type of charity and they’re saving the money for their own profit. I always advise consumers to never send money to anyone you meet on a dating app or site. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a casual site or a mainstream bride site. Please do yourself and your bank account a favor by reporting any and all suspicious activity to the network support team that’s applicable.
Now, the good news is that you will not have any issues if you’re using the dating networks that I’ve listed because they are as safe and secure as it gets. The security teams each of the sites have are 24/7 round the clock and they’re on it like flies on dog poop.
Anyway, I want to leave you with one final thing…
If you’re not trying to get laid the night before Thanksgiving, then you’re doing it all wrong! This is the busiest bar hopping night of the year with millions of Americans hitting the pubs, restaurants, and bars in search for thirst quenching libations and a booty call (read this checklist to prepare) at the end of the night. It’s smash season, so time to get to work! Give thanks for all the booty that you’re about to slay for the remainder of the year!