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Online Dating Safety

Oct 22, 2007
Spending time talking on the phone will give each of you the chance to get to know the person more as compared to when you are just exchanging emails or chatting online. Being able to listen to a voice on the other end will help both of you get to feel more comfortable and at ease with each other as well as establish a "relationship"

But it is strongly advisable not to give out your home phone number as a mere number can help the other end get information like addresses and other pertinent personal details which can lead to stalking, identity theft and other types of danger. If you are talking to strangers, you can use a disposable number or an anonymous phone service (ask your local phone company about this) that enables you to talk with strangers without revealing your phone number. Only when you feel you have established trust with your phone pal should you divulge private information.

When you and your online dating pal will be meeting for the first time, you should meet in public places where there are a lot of people. In this manner, you wouldn't worry that much in case you will be subjected to a potentially dangerous scenario.

Don't let yourself be talked into something you do not want to do. Avoid being forced into an uncomfortable situation. Listen to your gut feeling and learn to say no.

Never get into your date's car. When you decide to meet up, don't have your date pick you up at your home or drive you home after the date. Take your own mode of transportation to the meeting place and make sure that you are not being followed when you go home after. Getting into a stranger's car increases the risk of being in a potentially dangerous situation.

Be wary of people who lie. Ask the person straight out if he is married with kids. People who initially lie will most likely continue to lie in the future.

You can always ask for pictures to give you an idea of how your online pal looks like. You would want recent pictures and not one that was taken years back. You should also provide up to date pictures of yourself.

Always let someone know of your whereabouts when you decide to meet up with your online dating pal. In case of any problems or untoward incidents, this person will know where to find you, how to contact you, who you are with and what time you are likely expected to be home.
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