Internet dating rules safety

Don't feel the need to give out your phone number if you're not comfortable doing so.

Instead, ask for theirs and remember to put in the code for blocking caller ID before making the call.

It's best to use the dating service's internal, secure messaging system until you feel as though you know the person to some degree.

Ask informative questions of the other person to ensure they match what and who they say they are in their profile.

Always talk to the other person by telephone at least once before agreeing to meet for your first date.

Ask for a photo (if they didn't provide one in their profile) so that you can be assured of meeting the right person.

Use Common Sense It's funny I have to write those words, but they are just so important.

We sometimes feel like we've made an "instant connection" online with someone we've only just met.