Give them a little insight before you meet them too, by letting them know who you’re meeting and where you are planning to go - and don’t feel awkward about nipping to the loo on the date to give them a quick text updating them of your whereabouts.Scammers typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in, either using a fictional name or falsely adopting the identities of real people.Even if it is just a telephone number and an email address - make sure you have contact details about your date beyond their online user name.Check them out online The advantage of everyone living their lives online now is that you’ll be able to verify a person’s identity before you meet them by looking them up on social media.Opt for a neutral meeting place When meeting someone for the first time (read: second, third and fourth) arrange your date in a neutral place - and never accept a dinner invite at a person’s house.The same goes for being picked up in their car from your house.Sometimes they will create a bogus, dreamy profile that sounds like the ideal mate you’ve described in your own dating profile.
Fraudsters who are just looking after your money can appear desperate if you don’t send it straight away, and their emails or calls will become more persistent, direct or even aggressive.
There’s no need to get their inside leg measurement and mother’s maiden name but, checking they are a "real person" before a date will give you piece of mind before you meet.
If in doubt, delete them If in doubt about a person you meet online, stay safe and move on.
As quick as it is to meet a person online it is to delete them.
You are under no obligation to meet someone, regardless of how long you’ve been chatting to them, and, if you feel under any sort of pressure to do so, it’s time to move on.