A community outreach strategist for Safe Wise acknowledged several days after the study was released that researchers inadvertently over-counted the city’s rate of sexually-transmitted diseases.
“There was a miscount when adding up the STD numbers for Buffalo,” explained Sage Singleton.
"I would never call it a mistake that a women makes," she said. Lots of people meet online, on dating sites, and it's unfortunate predators have found this out, and it's a perfect platform for them to look through and basically select potential victims," she said.
The VPD said it has a strong suspicion these crimes are being under-reported and says it's why it launched the campaign on Wednesday, urging victims to come forward.
A security review company that released a study ranking Buffalo as the most dangerous city in the nation for online dating has revised its numbers after inquiries were made.
The revision improved Buffalo's overall ranking, although it remains in the bottom 25% of cities when it comes to online dating safety.
Gibson says remember to meet in a public place and never give any money or person information away.
"We've compiled tips on catchyou.ca, that offer information on how users can reduce the likelihood they will become victims of assault or fraud," said Const. In recent years, police say they've seen an increase in the number of sexual assault reports that were initiated through online dating or social media.
The results might explain, in part, why a growing number of people are turning to social event coordinators and even matchmakers to screen people before any face-to-face introductions are made.“There are so many people who move here, it's hard to get everyone's story.
So I think it's easier for people to lie online,” said Andrew Machota, who operates New Town Connections in the Bay Area.
The study, conducted by Background Checks.org, looked at violent crime and STD infections and the frequency of identity theft. Louis and Columbia, I’d be surprised to find that out.”Relationship coach Timmy Gibson says people should do their homework when searching the Web.
“You can search someone online fairly easy to find out even if they’re legit or a real person, verifying their Facebook, verifying their other social media,"he said.