Make sure your username doesn’t include details such as your surname, where you work or live, or any other personal details.
Only divulge your personal details, such as your full name and where you live, when you’re absolutely comfortable with the person that you’re talking with.
Online dating has grown into a £1.7bn industry, with thousands of websites now offering matchmaking services.
It’s estimated that one in five people between 25-34 have used these sites to find a partner.
Make your own way there and back and don’t feel pressured to go home with your date.
Always tell someone where you are and who you are with when going on a date, particularly a first date.
Let them know when you’re back and safe afterwards as well.
Agree on what you both want from it before you meet up.
Don’t feel pressured to meet before you’re ready or for any longer than you’re comfortable with – a short first date is fine.
In the video below, a victim of romance fraud tells her story of how she was conned out of more than £20,000 by a criminal posing as a US Army officer over an internet dating site.