This Wednesday, a Ballard online dating company will host a free presentation titled, “Online Dating Safety,” at the Ballard Library at 6:45 p.m.
Cunningham and her fiance, photo by Northern Lights Photography
Laura Cunningham is founder of the recently launched dating website, Meet Your Match Online. Cunningham will give a presentation about how to protect yourself when using online dating services. “All singles are welcome and we’ll cover the most current frauds and scams that people are using and provide tips for singles to keep safe while dating in today’s digital world,” wrote Cunningham in an email.
The two biggest dating threats are fraud and assault, according to Cunningham. She says men are more likely to fall victim to fraud, while women have to be careful to avoid assault. “Avoid giving personal information above and beyond whether you like coffee or tea,” said Cunningham. “Don’t give them your mother’s maiden name, for instance,” she laughed.
Cunningham, a former attorney, is now a professional matchmaker. “It seems an unlikely transition, I know,” she said in a recent press release. “I went from drafting deeds of trust and promissory notes to helping singles find true love. But truthfully,it’s something I’ve been doing for years and just not charging for.”