When posting using an app with this feature enabled, your location is accurately pinpointed on the apps virtual map, posing a potential risk.
The anonymity of the internet allows people to hide facets of their personality, from a relatively harmless lie about weight, to lies about financial problems and even creating a fake persona – this is called catfishing.
If you aren’t careful, you may be out of pocket and broken-hearted.
Recent numbers from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau suggest that dating scams reached a record high in 2016.
Some 3,889 online dating-related fraud incidents were reported, resulting in a record loss of £39m.
The victim is then threatened, being warned that images or personal information will be made public unless favours are undertaken or money is paid.
This type of criminality can affect young and old, male and female alike. The person you’re talking to online will probably convince you that if you do what they say, the treats and extortion will stop. The more you give in to them, the more they demand.
Whether you are 20, 40 or 60, the internet has changed the way we form romantic relationships.
In the past you met your partner through friends, at work or from socialising, now we meet people using apps, social media and dating websites.
Sites like Twitter and Facebook are part of an internet phenomenon known as ‘social networking’.
They can be great fun to use and are an important part of many people’s social lives. Like any internet tool though, social networking can be used for harmful or criminal purposes. Social networking sites create a feeling of community.
This means they can be tempted to share more information than is sensible or safe, or to act in ways they may not do normally.