Everyone should know the drill- do a simple Google search before meeting your date. That doesn’t mean become a stalker, that just means make sure you have at least some idea as to who the person is before you meet with him or her. If possible, try to find pictures and see what additional information comes up about the person beyond Facebook and Instagram.
Use our video call service to get to know the person better. Trust your gut feeling. If you are suspicious about the person, then do some more research. It’s a good idea to get a glimpse of your date before meeting him or her. This could also help to reduce the risk of being “catfished” by someone claiming to be someone he or she is not.
Don’t accept the invitation to carpool- take your own vehicle or use public transportation if possible. Your first date would find out where you live and essentially have control over where you two go. Taking your own vehicle also lowers the risk of putting yourself in an uncomfortable or even dangerous situation because you’ll be in control over where you go.
For the first date or two, avoid going somewhere private with your date. Instead, meet at a public place where there are plenty of people around, like a restaurant, cafe, or another place where there’s typically a good crowd. In the event that you feel uncomfortable, there will be other people around who can help.
Beware of premature declarations of love or requests for sexy photos from your online date. Don’t fall too fast for someone you’ve never met. You don’t know who you’re actually falling for.
Don’t be afraid to say No.
If someone is pursuing you online, you have every right to ask as many questions as needed to put your mind at ease. It’s not unreasonable to request proof of hard-to-believe information. If they are who they claim, making you feel safe and secure will be a priority for them.
Tell your friends about the online relationship
Share a few details with your closest friends or family and ask them if they can identify any red flags. If they show concern, take that concern seriously.