Would You Feel Safe Finding a Date Through an Online Dating Service?

A Las Vegas woman is suing an online dating service after a date brutally attacked her.

In this new technological era, online dating seems the most natural way to go. Everybody is communicating and talking to people through social media, so what not find a mate that way? Online sites, such as Match.com, have grown in popularity with many people now looking for love on the Internet.

One woman, however, is warning people of the dangers of dating someone who is essentially a total stranger.

According to CBS News, Mary Kay Beckman of Las Vegas is suing Match.com after a match she ultimately rejected hid in her garage and stabbed her 10 times. She reportedly met him in September 2010 through the site and dumped him eight days after making the connection. The brutal attack came four months later. She survived the attack, but another woman wasn’t so lucky. The man, Wade Mitchell Ridley, killed her before he was arrested for the attempted murder of Beckman. According to CBS News, a woman had sued iHarmony after a date she met on that site sexually assaulted her.

Beckman is suing for $10 million, but she reportedly wants to raise awareness to the dangers of dating a total stranger you met through an online dating service. She also wants Match.com to run a background check before putting someone into its database.

Do you think she has a case? Would you feel safe meeting and dating someone through an online dating service?

Raisa Habersham February 01, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Hey Mitch, My name is Raisa Habersham and I am a freelance reporter with the USA Today College Blog. I am working on a story about how not to get "catfished," which is when someone assumes an online alias to deceive another person over the internet. Do you mind if I interview you about your story with being "catfished" for my article? If you're interested please contact me at: raisah7@gmail.com. Thanks in advanced!
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew February 01, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Some people are strangers after meeting them 20-100 times...
Rusty Taylor February 01, 2013 at 03:58 PM
You have to be careful because of all the "catfishing" going on. If you meet someone whatever you do DON'T GIVE THEM ANY MONEY!!!!!! I don't care what they say they have or who died!!!!!
Rusty Taylor February 01, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I would feel safe but my wife would not like it so much!!!
Mitch February 01, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Raisa – I have already given a couple interviews and I really want to put this whole embarrassing situation behind me. I am trying to focus all my attention now to the NFL combine. Thanks for your interest.


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