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Web Stalkers
Chapter 3 -
Web Weirdos

Looking for Love on the web

The Internet is rampant with stories about relationships that started online.  Some of these stories are about good relationships while others take a negative turn.  Even when the Internet is not involved, most individuals know people with good relationships and people with bad ones. 

The difference is that if one meets a person face-to-face, generally, they cannot or will not lie as much about themselves as they can online.  Online, they can send an old picture from their high school or college days or even the image of a supermodel.  Online or in real life, they can lie about their job, income, and current relationships.  Online, it is difficult to determine whether any of what they say or send is true.  The real truth about whether they have been lying about their height, weight, economic status or anything else will be unknown until a meeting occurs in real life (IRL).

As with anything found on the Internet, care should be taken not to give too much credibility to a source that one does not personally know and trust.  Be especially careful of stories that are not from the person in question.  Many of the Internet’s urban legends are told as something that really happened to a “friend of a friend” (FOAF).

There are many sites designed to inform people about the dangers of meeting people online.  Some sites are offered by people that have been burned by online meetings and others by people that have witnessed the unfortunate aftermath of an online meeting, short courtship, and sudden marriage. 


The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert
 

http://www.rampant-books.com/book_2004_2_stalkers.htm


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