Rules for online dating safety

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There is no substitution for acting with caution when communicating with someone you are just getting to know.

Here are some essential 'rules-of-the-road' for safely navigating any relationship, but especially one that begins online.

Second, they sound like an exact description of the writer’s ex.

Don’t even think about posting a dating advert without a photo. You meet, and the blood drains from their face as they realise that your photo was taken 10 years, five stone and 500 wrinkles ago. You don’t have to write someone an epic love letter (please don’t) – just pick out a couple of appealing points in their bio and write a quick intro message. Some rookies assume that they must answer every email, even if it’s “thanks, but no thanks”. “Thanks but no thanks” can feel more hurtful than no reply.

If you're talking to someone online or by phone and they say things that raise your suspicions, consider ending the conversation.

Specific information does more than make you sound interesting – it also gives potential dates something to write to you about.

If they’re not interested, at least you’ll know – and you can move on to the next date.

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