Over the years a lot has changed, there is a certain image in our mind, some dos, and don’ts, certain habits that we want to see in our partner. And finding that certain someone in today’s time is not an easy task. This is where these amazing Matrimonial websites come to our rescue. In India, matrimonial websites are very popular, providing their users with a number of potential matches according to their choice and preferences. On one hand, the internet has made a lot of things very easy for us and on the other, there is no shortage of tricksters and fraudsters. Matrimonial frauds are one of the most common frauds to scam people out of their life savings. Once you have met your perfect person, you would not want to wait for long and would want to start your new life together. But until you are sure about the person on the other side, you can easily be tricked into this vicious cycle of matrimonial fraud.
To help you avoid the same, here are 8 tips you can use to save yourself from being scammed:
1. Reliability of the Website:
There are numerous matrimonial websites out there to help you look for your partner. One of the best ways to ensure not being tricked by the site itself is to use verified matrimonial portals. Check out the reviews, talk to the people who have met via these sites, ask around for referrals from your relatives and friends if they have ever used the same.
2. A Thorough Profile Check:
People can easily lie about the details provided on matrimonial sites. So if you like some profiles, before scheduling a meeting give the profile a thorough check. Take a look at their social media accounts to know more about them. Verify the qualification, workplace, and other important detail. If possible, try to find some common connection or people to verify all and any information.
Marriage is a lifetime commitment and hence it’s a decision not to be taken lightly. It’s better to be sure about every important detail provided rather than taking a leap of faith.
3. Check Out the Verified Profiles:
A lot of matrimonial websites provide verified profiles that have gone through a thorough background check via experts on the website itself. If you like any such profile, ideally you can take the conversation forward. But in case you have any doubt, you can always do your own background check.
4. Always Meet at a Public Place:
After verifying the details provided by the person on the matrimonial site take some time, talk over the phone, video call, or chat online. Once you are comfortable enough with the person and want to take it forward, fix up a meeting at a carefully selected public venue like a restaurant. You are still getting to know the person therefore it’s always better to take all the necessary precautions. You never know what kind of person he/she might turn out to be.
5. Keep Your Family Well-Informed:
A lot has changed over the years. Potential brides and grooms are themselves quite involved with the whole marriage process, especially when it comes to online matrimonial profiles. It’s always better to keep your family involved and informed about any profile you like or the person you are talking to. A lot of times we might miss a red flag that can be caught by their experienced eyes.
6. Avoid Sharing any Personal Details:
It’s always better not to share any personal or intimate family details in the early stages. Keep it basic and casual. You might start to feel a ‘connection’ with the person but refrain from sharing anything personal until you are completely sure and are satisfied with your background check.
7. Avoid Sharing any Account-Related Information or Entertain any Request for Money:
Nowadays it has become very common to scam innocent people out of money online. If the person asks you for your account details or requests you to transfer some amount in their accounts ‘to save them from an emergency’ DO NOT entertain any such request. Keep your username, passwords, and one-time password (OTP) safe and never share it with anyone. Remember no decent person would ask or keep these demands in front of you.
8. Follow Your Gut Feeling:
When that voice, that feeling inside you warns you that something is not right then RUN. When your gut feeling says something always listens and trust it. A lot of times we consciously might miss the signals but our subconscious mind picks up on these things and can save us from a lot of trouble.
Finding your special someone might not be an easy task. A lot has to be verified and double-checked. It’s like an emotional roller coaster ride but in the end, he/she is always worth the wait. Hope you find your soul mate soon!