Safety tips internet dating
If you are a victim of dating fraud report it to Action Fraud.
If you are a victim of blackmail or extortion, keep the evidence - take screenshots and save messages, the police may require it.
Please for the love of chocolate, don't meet a man at your home or invite him over!
Even if you are just looking for a friends with benefits situation, he shouldn't be allowed or have knowledge of where you live just yet.
Meeting and building quick rapport is so easy online and lately I’ve noticed that women all too often let their guard down, lose their common sense or abandon their self protection to a total stranger.
Reflecting back to when I was single and looking after my divorce, I’m shocked at how easily a woman WHO I DID NOT KNOW would invite me to her home (having never met me before) after a few chats via phone/email/text.
Check in with your friend during the date or ask your friend to call you during the date to let them know how you are doing.
” Let’s face it, I was no angel when I began dating after my divorce and I operated on an “it’s all about me” strategy.There is safety in numbers and meeting for the first time in a restaurant or coffee shop would provide enough witnesses should the date turn sour.Never – and I mean never – meet a man at his home or even think of inviting him to your home until you really get to know him. Yes, tell a friend or family member the details about where you are meeting, give them his contact details like name and phone number and any other additional information you have about him.For everything you need to know about protecting yourself including safe first date meetings, please visit choose ‘Protecting Yourself’ then ‘Safe Online Dating’.For general online safety advice check out our article: How to protect your privacy online.
Should I then, single woman, step away from the dating apps and sites? But the reality is that monsters exist everywhere and anywhere and so, if women want to online date we must keep our heads about us and make smart choices when meeting strangers for the possibility of true love.