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Do You Worry about Giving Your Number to a Virtual Stranger Online?

Are you dating online? Do you go back and forth about giving out your number? You don’t want to take his number and call him. But, you hate giving out your number to a virtual stranger? Because, once he’s got it, you can’t take it back. (And guys, this can apply to you too!)

Well, I just heard about Vumber — an anonymous phone number that forwards to your phone.

I’ve used something like this before in my business.  But, I didn’t know they had it for personal phones.

Patty Stanger, the Millionare Matchmaker mentioned it on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” Valentine’s show (that I just got around to watching this week).

Anyway, of course, I thought of you.  I know a lot of you are dating online or are thinking about dating online.  But, giving out your number can be stressful.  You hope for the best.  But, since you don’t really know each other, there’s always a risk.  (Actually, anytime you give out your number is a risk, but especially online.)

It looks like Vumber is set up specifically to deal with these kinds of situations.  Their website says there’s even a way to have a custom message for a specific caller that says “this number is no longer in service.”   I know you won’t usually need to get that extreme.  But, it might give you peace of mind knowing that you have options.

Vumber does cost.  So, if funds are tight, I’ve heard Google Voice is free.  But, I don’t know if it has all the same features.

I haven’t tried Vumber or Google Voice myself  So, I can’t really recommend them.  But, when I heard Patty mention an anonymous phone number, I knew I had to share it with you!  Maybe you’ve already tried it.  If so, could you leave a comment for the rest of us.  Or if you have any other thoughts, I’d love to hear from you.

Vonda (“Vondie”) Lozano, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Hypnotherapist. She’s been featured in Cosmopolitan, the Wall Street Journal and on KABC Talk Radio. Vondie offers hypnosis, counseling, and workshops in Ventura. Nearby cities include Camarillo, Ojai and Oxnard.

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