Safer online dating

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If someone seems too keen, too soon, they may have an ulterior motive.

Likewise, if a potential date appears too good to be true, it may be that they are.

As Action Fraud says, “Dating fraudsters are often particularly convincing.” So don’t take any unnecessary risks.

Meet in a public place where there are plenty of people around who could come to your aid should things turn sour.

Tell a trusted friend or family member where you will be going and give them an idea of when you will be back.

If you want to be extra cautious, and don’t mind giving up a little privacy for the sake of security, consider enabling an app such as Find My i Phone or Android Device Manager on your phone which will allow your location to be tracked – just remember to turn it off again if you don’t want your best mate or mother knowing where you are at all times.

It’s possible that this could be the riskiest part of the process by far.

Even though you think you know someone from chatting to them online, be aware that they may be completely different in real life.

One of the things you should see when you will join a dating site is when they have a concern of the privacy their members should have.

If you will be consuming alcohol, be aware of your limits and don’t drink so much that you lose control of the situation.

It would also be wise to keep an eye on your glass or bottle to ensure no-one adds anything unexpected to it.

Of course there may come a time when you decide to meet in real life someone that you’ve chatted to online.

Even then, it pays to be cautious about giving out personal information, at least at the beginning of your new friendship/relationship.

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