Date Safe

We want your dating experience to be fun, enjoyable and safe. Follow our tips for a safe and great experience.

Get to know the person not the profile

The person you are messaging may be everything you wished for… but you haven’t met him or her yet.

Treat people as you would if meeting in person, by along questions and taking your time. Be cautious about how much information you share.

Check the person online using Google image search, TinEye, and also check social media to see if their details match.

Stay on the dating messaging service

Many dating services offer chat and messaging services as a secure and safe way to help you to get to know people.

Scammers will try to get you away from the dating services as soon as possible. So make the most of the added security the dating services offer by staying within their messaging service.

Be wary of anyone who presses you to move your conversation away from the service too quickly.

Never, ever send money to someone you meet online

Everyone should be on a dating service looking for a new relationship. Any request for money should ring an alarm bell, however sad or urgent their story.

Scammers want one thing and one thing only – money.

Sudden declarations of love may sound nice, but there may be another motive.

Report anyone who requests money to the dating service immediately.

Talk to friends and family

Sometimes a second opinion can really help if you are uncertain over someone or something. If friends have doubts listen to them.

Be wary if you meet someone online who asks you not to tell anyone about them.

Stay in control

Once you’ve shared it you cannot take it back.

When it comes to pictures, only share images that you wouldn’t mind others seeing.

Not yet met the person? Take your time: don’t share personal details until you feel ready.

On a date

Going on a date with someone new is exciting, but it’s always right to take steps to ensure you stay safe when meeting up.

  • Tell a friend about your plans. Tell someone you trust you are going on a date and give them details of where you are going.
  • Arrange your own transport. Don’t let your date pick you up from home on your first meeting. And have a plan for getting home.
  • Keep it public. When you meet someone for the first time, do it in a public place like a bar or cafe. Do not go to their home or yours, and don’t give out your address.
  • Stay in control. You may be nervous but watch your alcohol intake. Don’t leave your drink or personal items unattended.
  • Leave the date at any time if you feel uncomfortable. Report any incident of a serious nature to the police straightaway and let the dating service know.

Advice and Tips for Dating Safely Online