Let's be real here, the world of online dating can be a sketchy place.

Now, we're all familiar with Tinder, Bumble, Plenty of Fish, Match, eHarmony, etc. These days, the list goes on and on. Every day, both women and men (mostly men in my opinion) are finding every way possible to find unique ways to meet people online through any means necessary.

But would you ever think to use Facebook Marketplace?

Before you start the thought process, let me lay down some important knowledge. Right now, some of you have light bulbs going off in your head thinking, Hey! That's actually a brilliant idea!

WRONG! Just stop now.

The reason for this article is not to encourage anyone to try this method of soulmate searching, but to install some safety guidelines when using Facebook Marketplace.

How did this all come about? Well, ironically, some stranger tried putting the moves on my girlfriend. Yeah, gutsy indeed. Check out how he initiated the "small talk:'

TSM/Gazelle via Facebook
TSM/Gazelle via Facebook

Perhaps to some this is an innocent conversation, but it stopped there. Here's the fine point to all this and what you should NEVER do:

  1. If someone messages you "Where do you live?" before the deal was even confirmed, THAT'S A RED FLAG.
  2. If someone is consistant with conversation after being told the item was already sold or pending sale, THAT'S A RED FLAG.
  3. If someone friend requests you after you have told them to stop or simply after the fact that the item has already been sold, THAT'S A RED FLAG.

That list is just the tip of the iceberg, but believe me when I say, it's imperative to use caution when using any website involving an online yard sale.

Oh, and lastly, for those who choose Facebook Marketplace to flirt, maybe do a little research first to ensure the person you're trying to make a move on doesn't have a significant other.


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