1. Make your email account
Use a free email account service like Hotmail or Yahoo! to set up an email account that
does not give out any personal information. Do not use your work
email address or an address that indicates your full name when
communicating with online dating matches. Also, don’t give
out your email address too soon. There are some people out there
that use online
dating services to gather email addresses from
innocent singles so that they can send out SPAM messages.
Give your cell phone number rather than your home number.
When in the phone
call stage of online dating it's important to provide a number
that isn't easily traceable (hint: home phone numbers are easily
traceable; cell phone and anonymous online phone services are
online technology, it is easy to type a home phone number into
and, if the number is listed, your name and address will show
up along with the phone number. You may be giving out more
than you think you are.
3. Meet in a public
place on your first few dates.
A public place guarantees a higher
level of security and safety as there will
be several witnesses around and your date will not know your home
address. It’s also a good idea to tell a friend where you
will be and when you will be returning, just in case.
4. Always be weary of
anyone asking for money.
If someone you communicate with through
an online dating service starts asking
you for money before you meet, you can almost guarantee they are
scam artists. There are “Russian Bride” agencies out
there trying to scam unsuspecting men out of money by having women
(sometimes the women don’t even really exist) ask for
money from men for flights out to see them, only to disappear
they receive the money. There is no reason that online dating
should involve giving money to the other person. If you want
Iveta in Slovenia, fly out to see her, don’t blindly give
your gut instinct.
If your gut instinct tells you that a guy
or girl is not telling
you the truth, has bad intentions, or will
end up hurting you, listen to that instinct. If you notice
any red flags, such as pressing for personal information too
insisting to pick you up at your house for the first date,
or possessive tendencies even before you meet, think twice
about sharing your
phone number, email address, or especially home address. Also
keep an eye out for someone who may already be married. If
want you to call, won’t give details about their lifestyle,
and try to keep everything secret, there is a possibility that
you are dealing with a married person.