Don't give away to a complete
- your full name
- your home address and phone number
- your work address and phone number
Use an anonymous webmail-account
For the first date,
choose a public place, like a
restaurant, a café, where you feel safe and there
are people around.
Tell a friend where you are going, and when you
expect to be back. If you are late, call and let
your friend know.
Don't get into a car with a stranger.
Don't rush into it. Try to learn about the other
person via e-mail first and be alert if he/she tells
the truth, be extra careful or walk away if you have
a strange feeling about what he/she is telling you.
Insist on getting a photo of the person you want to
meet beforehand. If somebody doesn't want to send a
photo, he/she may have something to hide.
Arrange a phone call before you meet a person, the
voice and use of words can tell you a lot. Better
make this call from a public phone - the person
might have a device to take note of your phone
Be sure to have a possibility to
return home after the date - don't rely on him/her
giving you a ride, or to hike
Be suspicous when your possible
- provides inconsistent
information about her/his age, looks, employment,
marital status, location, profession
- refuses to speak to you on the phone after some
time of online conversation
- doesn't give answers to direct questions
- is different in person than he/she was online
- never introduces you to his/her family, friends,