Don’t be "Catfished" for Valentine's Day – 5 Steps to Help Avoid Online Dating Deception

As in the documentary film and reality TV show "Catfish", some people go to elaborate lengths to misrepresent themselves online and “hook” a person into a relationship. Julie Ferman, eLove’s Chief Relationship Expert, founder of Cupid’s Coach, and recipient of iDate's Best Matchmaker award for the fourth consecutive year, shares five steps to help avoid this cruel deception.

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Julie Ferman

When it comes to helping others meet, find love and enjoy a successful long-term relationship, we take steps to ensure authenticity.

(PRWEB) February 07, 2013

Did an online lover turn out to be a young boy playing a prank or an imposter? As in the documentary film and reality TV show "Catfish", some people go to elaborate lengths to misrepresent themselves online and “hook” a person into a relationship. Eventually meeting the imposter can be heartbreaking and worse.

Julie Ferman, eLove’s Chief Relationship Expert, founder of Cupid’s Coach, and recipient of iDate's Best Matchmaker award for the fourth consecutive year, shares five steps to help avoid this cruel deception:

Avoid the "bait and switch". Photos that look too good to be true probably are. Those looking to deceive have no qualms about letting someone believe they look like the image they have shared. They want to draw a person in, and the easiest way to do so is by misrepresenting themselves with an attractive image that often doesn't resemble the real person in the slightest.

Play the sleuth. Cross-reference a date's information on his/her Facebook page with Twitter, their personal blog or with a professional page such as LinkedIn. If they make a claim that they hold a high profile job, visit that company's website to see if staff is listed. At the very least, do a simple Google or white page search for him/her to verify if he/she even lives in the town, or the state claimed.

Let video speak the truth. Seek authentication. Forgo chatting online via Facebook and encourage video chatting online via FaceTime, Skype, Gmail or iGoogle.

Meet in person. Period. There really is no valid excuse for carrying on a relationship with someone for longer than two weeks and not meeting in person. If all suggestions of meeting in person and/or video chatting online are skillfully avoided and something always comes up which prevents meeting, then be very concerned and seriously consider ending the relationship.

Assume the best, prepare for the worst. Most people are good, honorable and safe to meet. Don't be so cautious to wall yourself off in a closet. Have the courage to get out there, attend events, meet up at business functions and online too. But do take these precautions just in case because predators are indeed out there.

"No one likes to be deceived or 'catfished'. A successful relationship is based on a number of things, but most important are: spending time (in person) together, truthfulness, honesty, respect and ultimately, the concern or care you have for that other person. Misrepresentation plays no role in a successful relationship," explained Ms. Ferman.

She continued, "When it comes to helping others meet, find love and enjoy a successful long-term relationship, eLove matchmakers take steps to ensure authenticity. Face to face meetings and identity verification are key. eLove matchmakers go to great lengths to get to know each member and introduce him/her to qualified matches. After each date, we obtain feedback from both parties immediately."

eLove is All You Need

eLove was honored with four coveted awards from iDate, including Best Matchmaker, Most Innovative Company, Best Dating Coach, and Best Affiliate Program.eLove is the first “life stage company” within the dating industry to provide different levels of dating services, based on how serious singles are about meeting their soul mate. Never before has a dating service catered so completely to everyone regardless of their age, sex, or relationship goals. With more than 35 matchmaking offices in 19 states and three offices in Canada, eLove Matchmaking is everything that singles have been wishing for whether they are looking for better quality dating experiences or a long term relationship.

Elove’s Matchmaking offices are located in: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and in Canada: Calgary, Mississauga, Edmonton.                                    

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For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, contact Terry Fitzpatrick at pr (at) elovecorp (dot) com.


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