And given many of these things apply not just to dating sites, but to all sorts of online social networks, we thought we’d pull together some practical tips that everyone should think about when communicating with anyone they don’t know online — and particularly on online dating sites.Before jumping in to the guidance, however, it’s really important to stress that we’re not simply making this stuff up — the danger from scammers online is very real.You’ll also be able to build up a relationship with your match before meeting them, so you’ll be sure that when you do go on that date you’ll have a great time.Getting to know members on is great fun but if something doesn’t feel right, you can simply alert us to the issue and we will look into it straight away.Not only does one report after another highlight how many people are being duped by scammers every year, but we’ve had many members of Stitch tell us their stories about how they’ve lost money themselves.
Reflecting back to when I was single and looking after my divorce, I’m shocked at how easily a woman WHO I DID NOT KNOW would invite me to her home (having never met me before) after a few chats via phone/email/text.
Here are our top tips for staying safe online, so you can be in control of your dating experience to meet your perfect match.
The success to dating is to take it at your own pace.
There is safety in numbers and meeting for the first time in a restaurant or coffee shop would provide enough witnesses should the date turn sour.
Never – and I mean never – meet a man at his home or even think of inviting him to your home until you really get to know him. Yes, tell a friend or family member the details about where you are meeting, give them his contact details like name and phone number and any other additional information you have about him.
As a man who is an excellent communicator and emotionally connected, I was one of the most dangerous of daters.