Practical Tips for Dating Online and OffThere is no substitute for acting with caution when communicating with any stranger who wants to meet you. You are in control of your online dating experience at all times -- remain anonymous until you feel ready. Remember to always trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe or threatened, cease communication and report any misbehavior immediately.
- Guard your identity. Don't share your full name, personal phone numbers, home address, place of work or any other identifying information while messaging until you have established a reasonable level of trust with the other party.
- Get to know the other person online before meeting them offline.
Dating Safety Tips for Meeting OnlineNEVER share your personal or financial information with people you don't know. Make sure to follow these guidelines at all times when meeting new people online:
- Don't wire money to strangers or to someone who claims to be in an emergency (and wants to keep the request a secret).
- Don't give out your credit card number or bank info.
- Don't share your personal info, such as SSN, address, phone number, etc.
- Vanishes mysteriously from the site, then reappears under a different name
- Claims to be recently widowed
- Asks for your address under the guise of sending flowers or gifts
- Makes an unusually large amount of grammar and/or spelling errors
- Asks you for money
Dating Safety Tips for Meeting OfflineAs of 2011, nearly 750,000 registered sex offenders were listed in the U.S. First meetings are exciting, however, always take precautions and use the following guidelines.
- Always meet and stay in a public place. It is best not to go back to your date's home or bring them back to yours on the first date. If your date pressures you and you feel uncomfortable, end the date and leave at once.
- Tell a friend. Inform a friend or family member of your plans, when and where you're going. Make sure you have your mobile phone with you.
- Stay sober. Do not do anything that would impair your judgment and cause you to make a decision you could regret.
- Do not get into a personal vehicle with someone you've never met.
- Don't leave personal items unattended. You don't want to risk having personal information stolen.