As a concept, online dating makes a lot of sense - singles looking for love sorting through other singles, picking and choosing those with similar interests. It seems like a smart, easy, and safe way to meet someone you have much in common with until crazy people get involved and ruin a good thing.

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We've all heard, and perhaps even experienced, horror stories all up and down the online dating spectrum. From something as simple as being stood up, to something as severe as being assaulted or even worse. Online dating can be just as dangerous as it can be rewarding. Are some states safer than others when it comes to online dating, and if so, which states are the safest?

The Bluegrass State is One of the Safest in America for Online Dating published a report that lists the safest and most dangerous states in the country for online dating. Those results were based on the following criteria:

  • The number of romance scams reported to authorities in each state.
  • The instances of identity theft reported in each state.
  • The instances of other types of fraud reported in each state.
  • The number of registered sex offenders in each state at all three risk levels.
  • Documented cases of HIV/AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea in each state.
  • Documented violent crime in each state.

Once the numbers were crunched, it was determined that Kentucky is the 4th safest state in America for online dating, and here are some reasons why...

Kentucky enjoys bottom-10 rankings in fraud, identity theft, and violent crime. Its worst showing is its rate of romance scams, with 4.8 reported per 100,000 Kentuckians.
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There are inherent risks in everything we do, and online dating is no exception, but you can't let those risks prevent you from finding a possible soulmate. Millions of couples have found love online, and with a little preparation, precaution, and common sense, you could be next!

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