The Risk of Giving a Phone Number in Web Dating

by Lisa Myers

Web dating risks increase when you give the other person your phone number. There needs to be a high level of safety and comfort with someone that you have been corresponding with on the web before giving out your number.


If the relationship does not work out and the person turns out to be unstable, he can harass you over the phone, causing a host of problems. If this person has your work phone number, then he could put your job in jeopardy with repeated calls.

Financial Responsibility

If the web date that you gave your number to gets mad at you for discontinuing contact, she could possibly charge ring tones and other phone services to your cell phone bill. It is very difficult to get a cell phone carrier to back out charges from a third party because the carrier has usually already incurred these charges.

Reveal Location

Some online data bases that cross reference phone numbers and home addresses. This could put you in a disastrous situation if a jilted online beau decided to find out your address and come for a visit.

About the Author

Lisa Myers has been writing professionally since 1999, when her work appeared on She is an educator and she writes on various subjects but is most passionate about social and cultural concerns. Myers earned her Bachelor of Science in business management from West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

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