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Police Give Tips About Online Dating


A spokesman for the Bend Police Department has a warning about the dangers of online dating. Steve Esselstyn says there are many predators out in cyberspace:  “The biggest message you have to remember about cyberspace is two dimensional: height, width and no depth, and that means you don't know who you're talking to you don't know their background you don't know what their motives are. You have to be extremely careful. And if you do go ahead and make a contact; that's fine, but do it in a public place. Do your homework and make sure you know the person extremely well before you decide to go someplace alone with him."  Esselstyn says in cyberspace people can take on their own identity and victims don’t have the advantage of watching for body language; eye contact and other communication signals that only in-person contact can achieve.

 

 

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