The news "should be a little bit of a wakeup call" for people using apps to meet partners, said John Wright, the editor of Houston's Out Smart magazine, which is published for the LGBTQ community.
"I would certainly hope that cases like this would cause people to think twice." Women almost always are urged to take precautions when meeting men they don't know.
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There's not a killer lurking behind every dating profile, said Kristin Judge, director of government affairs at the National Cyber Security Alliance. "It's about doing your due diligence and taking time to trust but verify." Of course, there's a big difference between using apps to find a relationship and using them for a quick, anonymous hookup.
The "rules" are different, and so are the safety concerns.
But men tend not to think of themselves as potential crime victims when they're meeting strangers for dates or sex, said Andrew Edmonson, a gay rights activist in Houston.