These days people are meeting in various different ways. One of the most popular ways is through Online Dating Sites like e-Harmony and match.com. When we meet someone online, sometimes they are not who they say they are. There are somethings we all can do to keep ourselves safe.
Never give Personal Information: no one should ask you for your personal information. When you first meet someone do not give out your personal information like phone numbers, address, or any other personal information that someone could use to harm you in some way. You should get to know a person for a couple months before even giving out your name. If he or she is not willing to wait to get acquainted, it’s not worth it.
Wait before Meeting: You should meet a person unless you really know them. You may trust most people you meet, but not everyone on the internet can be trusted. Talk online for a couple months via instant messenger, email or whatever. If the person is truly interested in getting to know you, they’d wait. If the one you are talking to is persistent in meeting, don’t be quick to trust them.
Ask a lot of Questions: Ask a whole lot of different questions to gain more knowledge of a person. nothing real personal, but stuff about hobbies, family, interests, even religious thoughts. You can tell a lot about a person based on their interests. I don’t respond to certain profiles because of things listed in their interests.
Be Picky: It’s Okay to be picky when it comes to online dating. Know exactly what you want out of the people you would like to get to know. View all of the person’s profile, not just certain parts, if you are unsure of the profile, don’t agree to chatting. First instincts on the profile is normally how you’d feel about the actual person. Don’t agree to just anyone; set your standards to a higher level then you would if you met someone at a club or something. Online dating is different then meeting in person.
Meet in Public: When and if you decide to meet up with someone you met online, make the meeting place somewhere public and with a number of people. Don’t go to their place, yours or even a semi-private place like a movie theater. Just as you took time to talk online, take time before you go somewhere private.
Online dating is becoming more and more popular, but we never really know who we’re meeting with. Sometimes we need to take various precautions to ensure our safety. If you follow these guidelines and the other person is willing to work with you and take things slow, you’ve got a trustworthy person. Happy dating!