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Safety Online Dating Tips

Feb 3, 2008
So you have been in the local Australian online dating scene for quite sometime. Be it may that the internet has found you that one person who you have spent so many chat sessions with - laughing and exchanging stories and perhaps you have now decided that it is time for the two of you to finally meet face to face. It seems that you cannot wait for your date to start and are looking forward to the day when you will finally get to know your online match in the flesh.

But do not let your guard down just yet. Simply because you have gotten to spend time with the person in your chats on line, and think that you really got to know him well and better as you suppose, you should still exercise caution during your first person to person date. With all the conversations that you had, he or she is, in spite of everything, a stranger that you barely know and you nevertheless will have to learn and discover a lot from his or her personality. Never ever assume that a man is safe. That is usually the very first mistake of women who are duped or victimized by crime such as robbery and rape. Just because he asserts during your talks that he is a gentleman or is a devout Catholic does not mean that he is an angel.

When going for a date with him for the first time, agree to meet at a specific place other than your home. It is always safe never to give your home address unless you have absolute trust in that person. It is unfortunate to say that a number of men and women have been a victim of thieves and crooks who have used the online dating scene to hook their targets. Be prudent. Give him your cell phone number and not your home phone number. You could easily be traced with the latter. In case, your date does not go well as planned, at least you will not lose sleep thinking he would know how to contact you or track you down on where you live.

Choose public places where there are lots of people around. Save the romantic one on one moment like a walk in the park or on the beach on the second or third date to be safe. Or if you are really not that comfortable being alone with the person, you can always opt to bring in a chaperone or a friend. You can go double date or have a group date. If he really likes you, he would understand that you need the space and time to be fully acquainted and for the meantime would like to be accompanied by trusted friends during your initial meeting.

As old-fashioned as it may seem, this plan or approach would also show you that he has the sincerest intentions at heart. You could then distinguish if what you have is but a shallow superficial friendship with the other person having different motives in mind or if you have truly met a good match.
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