Dating online can offer a safe & wise way to get to know someone before beginning a relationship. But much like offline dating, there are some important things that can help you stay safe while meeting new people.
Here are some tips from jMatch.com for Online Dating Safety
1. Protect your personal information (i.e. full name, phone number, etc.)
Guard your private contact information well until you have taken time and used wisdom to establish an appropraiate level of trust with someone. You should never post your personal contact information in your profile or username. It's best to remain anonymous until you have built trust in your connection and feel very safe.
2. Never wire money to someone you meet online. Protect yourself from scammers by using common sense.
Our community is not a place where members should request money from other members. Any such behavior should be reported to the staff at jMatch.com.
3. Protect your identity and billing information
Do not give your credit card number, bank info., SSN, or home address to someone you meet socially online.
4. Meeting offline
It can be very exciting to meet someone you are interested in for the first time. However, there are some recommendations you should follow to stay wise and safe offline.
Always meet in a public place where you would be surrounded by other people and would feel safe. Plan to take your own transportation to and from your meeting spot instead of riding with your new date.
Tell a friend about your plans. Make sure to tell someone who you are going to be with, where you are going and what time you expect to be home.
Special guidelines for long distance travel. If you are flying or traveling a long distance to meet a date, make sure you stay at a hotel rather than staying with a friend or family connected to your date. It's best to keep your hotel location confidential until you've had time to build trust in person.