Online Dating Safety
Welcome to our online dating
safety tips. Online dating can be a lot of fun and you may be
especially excited when you are meeting online and dating for the
first time. But it is important to be aware of some precautions you
should take for your own safety and for successful online dating.
1. Use A Separate Email Account
Set up a new email account just for online dating. This will keep
all the dating-related emails and messages completely separate from
for other personal or work email accounts. By doing this all your
dating information will be in one place. It will also be easy to
"turn it off" if you start receiving unwanted messages.
2. Protect Your Real Identity
Make sure that your real name is
not included in your username, your profile or your email address.
Check that your email signature doesn't have your name too.
Make certain that your personal details will not be visible or
passed on to third parties.
4. Spamming & Solicitation
Sometimes you may encounter
situations where you suddenly start receiving spam (junk mail) or
solicitation emails (trying to sell you something). If this happens
from someone you met through an online dating service, we advice you
to cease contact with them and report their behavior to the dating
site as inappropriate.
If you followed our advice above and used a separate email address
for your online dating, it should be relatively easy to filter out
the spam or even change to another email address.
5. Watch Out For Scams
There are many variations of online dating scams. Typically a
scammer will create fake profiles on an online dating site for the
sole purpose of making friends, or getting dates, and then
manipulating them with a sad and convincing tale of unfortunate
circumstances, with the ultimate goal of getting you , the victim
(you) to send money to save the day.
Never, ever send money to someone that you meet online.