If you’ve been single in the past 15 years, you’ve probably at least tried online dating. The time and effort we invest in going out to meet people can be exhausting. But picking up your phone and scrolling through potential Prince Charmings from the comfort of your sofa? Well, what harm can it do?

Turns out…plenty!

You probably know meeting complete strangers on the Internet can be very dangerous but have you seen what’s happened to these people? Just look at these shocking stories…

Look what a Baltimore woman discovered, when she met Tomas Haybert, the “perfect man” on Tinder. He said all the right things. He sent flowers to her office. He even sent her a ring. They spent hours texting, chatting on the phone, and even video chatting!

Haybert told the woman he was an interior decorator, in Paris working on a project, and was having problems at work. But that’s when things took a turn for the worst.

He told her all she needed to do was accept a package for him and promised to pay her back any shipping fees. The woman unexpectedly ended up being charged over $75,000 in shipping charges, late fees, and taxes.

You’ve probably seen the statistics that Online Dating is now the #1 way that couples in the US meet, and many end up married! But it’s also an easy place for scammers to troll online and bait their victims. In fact, the FBI reports that $75,000 is around the average loss for romance scam victims.

Think about it…they know exactly what you’re looking for and can easily become the “perfect guy” by text or chat. And pretty soon, he has you worried about him and wanting to help.

This poor woman was robbed, and she never even met the man in person.

Believe it or not…she got off lucky.

Look at this story… of seven robberies in Houston, Texas, where a man chats with his victims on a dating app, suggests they meet in person, and when they do… robs them at gunpoint.

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And over in Liberty, TX, a woman got involved with a dangerous man online who she decided to invite into her home. When she wasn’t looking, he stole her new car, cash, and other valuables around her house.

Related: Is Online Dating Really Safe?

What can you do? Simple: put yourself and your safety first. The risk is just too great, and with each day, criminals are learning how to lure their victims using the latest online dating technologies.

But there is something you can do. And it’s so simple.

Ask for their SafetyPIN and then go verify it here.

Verifying their SafetyPIN is a great way to know they are who they say they are, there’s nothing dangerous or fraudulent in their background, and they’ve met all the requirements of our proprietary behavioral algorithm.

And if they don’t have one, ask them to apply.

It’s only $1 to apply and $6 for the first 6 months. And most applications are approved in 24 hours or less. If they aren’t willing to spend $7, and wait a day or two, it’s time to swipe left. Period.

Watch this short video to learn more about how asking for a SafetyPIN can keep you safer: