Be Responsible and do your own Research - There is a limit to an online dating provider’s ability to check the backgrounds of users and verify the information they provide.
They cannot do a criminal records check on every user.
Trust your instincts and immediately stop communicating with anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable or apprehensive. You don’t owe the other person anything, no matter how long you’ve been chatting or what’s been suggested. If you’re raped or sexually assaulted on your date, help is available.
Never feel embarrassed to report a problem to the dating service. The safest plan is to meet somewhere public and stay somewhere public. Make your own way there and back and don’t feel pressured to go home with your date. The way people interact online isn’t always the same face-to-face. No matter what the circumstances, sexual activity against your will is a crime.
Dating services run mail and chat so you can get to know people in a safer and [monitored/controlled] way. Use their platform and the added security it gives.
If and when you do decide to share an e-mail address think about creating a separate and anonymous email address.
Check to see if the person you're interested in is on other social networking sites like Facebook, do a web search to see if there are other records of the person online, and if possible use google image search to check the profile photos.
Money Requests Are Your Red Light - Why would someone need to borrow money off somebody they have never met, or only just met?
- Be wary of opening email attachments from someone you have only just met - Ensure that you keep your internet security software up to date.
You don’t need to give out your life-story the first time you chat – and you shouldn’t.
There will be plenty of time to share such details if your relationship develops.
- 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.