Jesus told his 12 disciples, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16-American Standard Version
While I believe every Christian should practice being “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves,” I want to apply this specifically to online dating. At the time of this post, many are wondering if former star Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te'o played a role in the dead girlfriend hoax, which has received a lot of media attention. Because of the popularity of his story, once again, there are scores of warnings about fake profiles on social media and online dating.
I don’t speak against Christian online dating sites because I never tried it when I was single. I have heard of success stories as well as I have heard of tragic stories. However, I have been scammed and encourage Christian women not to be overly confident that they will never be tricked by a con artist. Many con artists have been practicing their tricky or deception for years and years.
In doing research on online dating scams, I applaud one “Christian” site, which plainly tells its audience:
We DO NOT PROVIDE BACKGROUND CHECK on any of the members. Members need to do run their own search to check a background of a member they are interested in.
Below are links to articles that offer practical tips about safeguarding yourself during online dating:
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/03/24/womans-intuition-saves-her-from-sweetheart-scam/ -Woman’s Intuition Saves Her From Sweetheart Scam
http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/AFFreligion.php- Money Transfer and Business Scams: Scammers Using Religious, God, Jesus to Con You
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