Online dating has taken on new levels with the online classified ads you can find on Craigslist and other such sites. There are hundreds of singles looking to have casual encounters with willing partners every day. If you are looking for such an adventure, you may consider answering a classified ad. But should you? Being prepared for what could go wrong can help you make that decision.
What If It’s Someone You Know?
Many times people will post these ads and won’t list their real name or give an accurate picture. Assume you answer the ad and when you get to the meeting place you realize that this is someone you know. Will you be able to handle the embarrassment? What if it’s more than just embarrassing, and it’s someone like your boss? You could get in serious trouble for showing up to such an encounter. Consider this risk before applying.
What If It’s A Trap?
There are two ways this type of ad could be a trap. One, you could be answering an ad for an escort, only to be busted by an undercover cop for soliciting prostitution. Two, if you are married or in a relationship this could be a trap to catch you cheating. If you aren’t involved with anyone, and the ad is not for a paid meeting, you could be fine and probably it is not a trap.
What If It’s A Dangerous Situation?
There was a story a few years ago about a man who was meeting women on Craigslist to murder them. Now while this is an extreme example, it is possible this encounter was set up by someone trying to rob you. Anytime you respond to such an ad, be safe. Ask the person to meet you in public first so that you both are safe and always be suspicious of anyone who wants to know about your personal information. Don’t give your address or workplace information to anyone over the computer whom you have never met before.
What If You Aren’t Attracted To The Person?
There could be a case where you reach the meeting site and find that you are not attracted to the person you’re meeting. If they didn’t give you an accurate description of themselves you could have been mislead. Now you find yourself stuck in a situation with someone you aren’t attracted to and you are uncomfortable. If this happens to you, remember that this person is a stranger and you can leave at anytime. You’re under no obligation to stay.