Beckman's story makes headlines because it is so unusual, the worst that most online daters encounter is stale conversation or a date that is 10 lbs. If you remain cautious and alert you can improve your chances of letting the right one in.Speaking for the first time since his sister Sharon Winters was murdered by online lover Kevin Hawke, Stephen urges women to be wary of meeting men on the internet."She was a lonely heart just wanting love," Stephen said of his sister.AUBURNDALE, Fla.—Thousands of people are turning to the internet for love, but one online date ended tragically for a man from Auburndale.Police said Adam Hilarie was killed after making a connection on the dating website, Plentyof Fish.There is risk in online dating but there is also risk in crossing the street, driving your car, and even in staying indoors with the windows shut (what if there is an earthquake or hurricane?) You are responsible for your own security online and in life.Hilarie was well-known in Auburndale as an amateur boxer, a good friend and a loving dad to his daughter.“She's only five, and my God, she's just not going to be able to see how great of a guy he really is,” said Angel Cruz, Hilarie's brother.
Even after these horrific experiences, however, I maintain that online dating is not inherently more dangerous than meeting someone in a bar or through another anonymous avenue.
Online dating can be a terrific tool for expanding your social circle and dating options.
You should always keep your guard up in dating, regardless of the avenue through which you're meeting dates.
Hilarie met Hailey Bustos on the dating website, and the two went on a date, then back to his apartment.
Investigators believe she was planning to rob Hilarie all along.