Dating safely tips

• Be as honest as possible in your profile and with your photos. It’s never a good idea to start any relationship with a lie that you have to eventually uncover at some point. People will see that you’re not who you say you are or that you don’t look like your photo when you meet so be up front from the get go!

• Always protect your identity. Giving personal information out to a stranger is not something you would ever do over the phone, so why would you do this over the internet? During initial conversations it’s wise to only use your first name and only giving more personal information when you’ve met and comfortable knowing each other well. Any legitimate online dater would understand your reasons for doing this and would no doubt be doing exactly the same themselves.

• Do not provide your surname, home or work address, or any other personal or financial information to a person you have yet to meet. And never, under any circumstances, give money to someone you don't know well and have not met in person. Be wary of any potential dater who asks you directly for cash, or to cash a bankers draft or cheque.

• Take your time getting to know someone on-line. Studies show that relationships develop faster online. Our advice is to wait at least a few weeks before you meet face-to-face. Also before you decide to meet face to face, speak to them on the phone first as you can tell a lot by hearing a voice and also get more of a feeling as to whether there is chemistry there.

• When the time comes that you are both ready to meet, arrange to meet somewhere public like a coffee shop or shopping centre. Never have your date pick you up or drive you home. Another tip would to make your plans known to someone else as to what time, where, when and also your dates name. As it’s your first date, why not have a friend drop you off and pick you up and if you decide to go on a 2nd date then you could spend longer with each other if you felt comfortable.

• Trust your instincts!! Online dating is a great way to find people with common interests; however, building a relationship takes time and attention. Look for consistency in behaviours and answers to your questions. Pay close attention to any early warning signs that someone might not be legitimate or might not be presenting themselves honestly. i.e. Are they very interested in getting to know all about you, but vague when it comes to sharing their details? Does he or she discuss love or devotion within a matter of hours or days? Or are they never able to meet you in person, because they are always out of the country?

• With all the bad stuff out of the way, enjoy yourself and keep conversations light and fun. There’s no need to rush with on-line dating. You can message at your leisure and have all the secure tools we provide to make it a very enjoyable experience whilst meeting and chatting to new exciting people. Good luck and we hope you experience some real life flutters in the near future…

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