Online Dating Safety Tips

  • Trust your instinct - after all, it’s already got you this far in life.
  • Look at lots of different profiles to get a feel for the kind of person you're looking for - just take your time and be thorough.
  • Never publish any personal information like your phone number or email address, residence address, where you work, etc.
  • Don't be naive, it's easy to lie online, and many people do, so don't take anything at face value.
  • Learn as much as you can when talking with potential dates, make sure you ask a lot of questions.
  • Make sure you feel comfortable with whoever you are chatting with, at all times.
  • You don't have to put up with anyone that is abusive or rude, make sure you block them immediately.
  • If you have not met a perspective person, don't give your home or work address or any other personal information.
  • Make sure you know as much about the other person as possible before agreeing to a date.
  • You're the one in charge, so don't allow yourself to be talked into anything.
  • Don't be rushed - take your time to get to know someone.
  • A patient person will be happy to wait until you are ready to meet.
  • Make sure anyone you're talking to is willing to provide photos and information about himself or herself.
  • Before arranging a date, use the Live Match Connector to see and talk to each other live to get to know each other.
  • Always meet in a well-lit public place.
  • Always tell a good friend where you are going and who you're meeting.
  • During the date, If possible, step away and call a friend to confirm that everything is ok.
  • Make sure you always carry your cell phone on a date.
  • If any travel is required for a first date, always make and confirm your own travel arrangements.
  • At the end of the first date, don't accept a ride home or reveal your address.
  • For your first date, have a specific time limit so you always have an "exit" point.
  • You don't have to feel like you have to meet someone if you're not interested.

OnLine Dating Scams

Millions of Americans use dating sites to meet people. And many forge successful relationships. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims. They create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love. Some even make wedding plans before disappearing with the money. An online love interest who asks for money is almost certainly a scam artist.

How to Recognize a Scam Artist

The relationship may not be what you think, especially if your sweetheart:

  • wants to leave the dating site immediately and use personal email or IM
  • claims love in a heartbeat
  • claims to be from the U.S., but is traveling or working overseas
  • plans to visit, but is prevented by a traumatic event or a business deal gone sour

Scammers also like to say they’re out of the country for business or military service.

What You Can Do About It

You may lose your heart, but you don’t have to lose your shirt, too. Don’t wire money to cover:

  • travel
  • medical emergencies
  • hotel bills
  • hospital bills for a child or other relative
  • visas or other official documents
  • or losses from a temporary financial setback

Don’t send money to tide someone over after a mugging or robbery, and don’t do anyone a favor by making an online purchase or forwarding a package to another country. One request leads to another, and delays and disappointments will follow. In the end, the money will be gone along with the person you thought you knew.

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