Online dating is a fantastic way to meet someone new, but, as with everything, there are a number of risks associated with meeting people you don’t know.
However, by taking note of the following tips, you can look for love safely - you never know who is waiting to sweep you off your feet!
1. Choose a reputable service
Be careful about which online dating service you use and be wary of information that they ask from you. Make sure your confidential details are not available to third parties or people who view your profile.
2. Don’t use your full name
Avoid using an email address with your full name and only use your first name in your profile – it is very easy to find someone with just their name details.
3. Be honest
Make sure you are open and honest with the information you upload, but don’t give away too many personal details.
4. Trust your instinct
If something doesn’t feel right, don’t ignore it. Your instinct is usually right so cancel the date or cut off communication with that particular person.
5. Ask questions
Before you meet up with anyone make sure you ask questions and if they avoid answering them or keep prying into your life steer clear.
6. Be date safe
Meet your date in a location where you feel comfortable, never agree to meet at your house or theirs and always tell someone where you are going.
7. It’s never love at first sight
Be wary of suitors who declare their love for you early on - some scammers use emotions as a ploy to pull you in.
8. Avoid too much alcohol
While we certainly aren’t telling you not take a drink if you want, it is important you don’t allow yourself get drunk as you can lose control and put yourself at risk.