Online dating dangers: Killing of Queens nurse puts spotlight on the risks

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NEW YORK — It’s a whole different world when it comes to dating, as more people swipe left or right, the question remains — how well do you really know a person before you meet?

These concerns were brought to the forefront of many people’s minds after the arrest last week of a Danueal Drayton, a 27-year-old man accused of raping at least three women he met in New York City and Los Angeles through dating websites — and killing a woman in Queens.

PIX11’s Dan Mannarino spoke to former NYPD Lt. Darren Porcher about staying safe when dating online. Watch above.

From the interview:

Consider the statistics:

  • One in 10 sex offenders use dating apps
  • 25 percent convicted of men convicted of rape use dating apps to find victims
  • More than half of americans who use dating apps fabricate part of all of their profiles

So what can you do to stay safe when using dating apps?

  • Meet in a public place for your first date
  • It might sound taboo, but while on the date, call a friend or family member in front of your date so he or she is aware other people know who you are with and where you are
  • Question things in a friendly way. For example, if your date says he or she is from Queens, ask questions about the borough to try and make sure your date is not lying
  • Stay sober during the first few outings
  • Limit the amount of personal information you share on the first few dates
  • Have your own ride to and from the date
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