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Online dating

Internet dating is an important part of adult social life and most service providers offer good advice to those who use their services. Here’s some sensible safety precautions you should consider.

Know who you’re talking to

Whether it’s an app you’re on or a dating site, be aware of the amount of information on offer from the people you are chatting to. If someone has minimal information about themselves or one grainy picture be aware that they might not be who they say they are.

Leave a paper trail

As tempting as it may be to rush into the first date before really getting to know each other online, gathering some basic information about your date is important.

Even if it is just a telephone number and an email address - make sure you have contact details about your date beyond their online user name.

Check them out online

The advantage of everyone living their lives online now is that you’ll be able to verify a person’s identity before you meet them by looking them up on social media.

Opt for a neutral meeting place

When meeting someone for the first time arrange your date in a neutral place - and never accept a dinner invite at a person’s house.  The same goes for being picked up in their car from your house. No one needs to know your home address within twenty-four hours of knowing you. Consider meeting for the first time during the day.

Keep contact details private

Stay in control when it comes to how and when you share information. Don't include your contact information such as your email address, home address, or phone number in your profile or initial communications. It is impossible to get back information once you have given it away.

Stop communicating

Stop communicating with anyone who attempts to pressure you into providing your personal or financial information or who seems to be trying to trick you into providing it. If this happens contact the dating provider immediately to not only protect yourself but other users too.

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