Please share yours in our Online Dating Tips forum discussion. Met my lady nearly six years ago on Match. I know it doesn't work for everyone. But don't knock it till you try it! I agree it's quite a daunting experience, but once you sift out the players, it can be positive. These are our key pointers for staying safe: Tell friends where you'll be on the first date When you feel ready to meet your online date face-to-face, make sure someone knows where you're going. Also tell them who you're meeting, and when you'll be back.
Take a mobile phone and arrange to let them know when you've got back home safely - and tell your date that others know where you are. Don't give out personal info Don't give out your number or personal email to someone you haven't met yet. Only share personal details when you've got to know the other person, and you're sure it's a genuine online dater based in the UK.
This guide only includes sites that ask for permission before revealing your contact details to users. ALWAYS read the terms before you join Key points to check include whether it'll post your profile on other sites, how it'll use your data, contract length, how you cancel, what safety support's available, exactly what you're getting for the price, and whether membership auto-renews.
If you don't agree with the terms, don't sign up. Similarly, only go with a site you're happy with, and check its feedback online - it may be better to go with a bigger established site you've heard of than an unknown name. Don't assume paid sites are safer Be vigilant with both. The Metropolitan Police told us: Fraudsters operating on these sites are often highly sophisticated professionals. Sites that require payment do not automatically deter them.
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