At the time I thought 'why not, what's the point in chatting for hours or even days, why waste time'.But when we met, there was something about him that made me feel slightly uneasy.Consequently I got lots of messages from people who I had no interest in, and looking back it was a risky thing to do because I invited unwanted attention.” Clare Google them Try Googling what you know about them and do a Google image search to see where else their photo has appeared.Also, see if you have shared friends on Facebook or look them up on Linked In.Do as much research as you can, trust your judgement and make an informed decision before meeting up with someone. If you go for a coffee or a drink, it is much easier to end the date than if you’ve committed to a sit down meal.But by the same token, if it goes well, you can easily carry on and let it turn into lunch or dinner. I had no interest in the guy whatsoever, and the mature response would have been to have dinner (as planned), split the bill and go home.Stay in the app It’s safer to keep using the messaging function within the dating app or site until you feel you have met and can trust them.
Second, until you’ve met and feel you can trust the person you’ve met online, don’t share your address, where you work or study, your phone number or email address.
Just think about the details you’re sharing about you and your life.
Avoid saying exactly where you live and work for example, until you’ve got to know each other a bit better and feel you can trust them.
And it's not hard to understand why – it’s an instantaneous, low-effort way to flirt and meet new people and we probably all know someone who met a partner online.
In fact - it’s how a quarter of us will meet our other half.