How to Ensure Your Safety When Dating Online

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So, you’re finally going out with a person you met online. Well, good for you! After months (or even years!) of searching, you are now a step closer to (hopefully) finding Mr. Right. But while this calls for a celebration, please don’t throw all your caution to the wind. By no means should you forget to ensure your safety. After all, it’s ‘better to be safe than sorry’, right?

So, just how do you do it? How can BBW protect themselves from being lied to, cheated or taken advantage of by the people you meet in these online dating sites?

While there might not be any fool proof way to ensure that you can successfully avoid people with hidden motives and wicked agenda, you can still increase your chances of keeping yourself safe from such hideous characters. Well, that is if you follow these simple yet effective BBW dating safety tips.

  • Start with a profile check.

Beware of people who have extremely short (almost empty) profiles even if they promise to tell you more later. These people are simply not sincere enough in their efforts to meet someone interesting through these dating sites. If they are, they would at least make an effort to upload a more descriptive profile to attract the kind of people they want to meet, right? Instead, BBW should choose people who seem to speak right from the heart. Don’t worry, you’ll know it when you see it.

  • Check out his photo.

Is there a photo included in his profile? If not, consider this as another warning sign. Think about it – does he have anything to hide? Only those who do would come up with several reasons why he doesn’t have one. One useful tip – request for several photos in different settings so you can get a more accurate impression about who you are dealing with.

  • BBW should trust their instincts. 

Be extremely cautious in communicating with people you just met. Do not give them any identifying information such as your last name, your real email address or your home address and phone number. When something about the person bugs you out, consider dropping him right away. And remember, when someone seems too good to be true, he probably is.

  • Consider talking to him on the phone.

When you feel the need to know him better, consider talking to him over the phone. This can give you a clear indication of his true personality. However, consider using a cell phone or a pay phone to protect your security.

  • Meet when you’re ready.

If you think you’re ready to meet him in person, then go ahead and do it. But don’t keep it a secret. Ensure your safety! Tell a friend or a family member all about it, including the date, the time and the place where you’ll meet. Don’t let your date pick you up from your home and make sure to meet in a safe, public place. Remember, it’s a good idea to keep yourself safe at all times.

  • Watch out for any warning signs.

Now that you’ve met your online friend in the real world, it’s time to get to know him a little better. Is there anything about him that ticks you off? Does he look different from his online persona? Does he give inconsistent information about his identity? Does he seem to evade giving direct answers to your questions? Does he show any signs of pent-up anger or any controlling behaviour? Does he make inappropriate comments or show disrespectful behaviour? If he shows any of these warning signs, consider walking away for good.

  • If in trouble, ask for help.

If your dream date is fast becoming a nightmare, excuse yourself long enough to call a family member or a friend or ask someone in the area for help. If you feel you’re in imminent danger, don’t hesitate to call the police. Always keep in mind that there’s nothing more important than your safety.

BBW can always find the right guy for you so please don’t cling on to someone just because you think he is the only one who will ever be interested in you. The right man will come at the right time – but you have to take care of yourself first.

Always keep these dating safety tips in mind, okay?

Keep safe,

Billy Baker

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