Don't give away to a complete stranger:
- your full name
- your home address and phone number
- your work address and phone number
Use an anonymous webmail-account like
For the first date,
choose a public place, like a restaurant, a café, where you feel
safe and there are people around.
Tell a friend where you are going, and when you expect to be back.
If you are late, call and let your friend know.
Don't get into a car with a stranger.
Don't rush into it. Try to learn about the other person via e-mail
first and be alert if he/she tells the truth, be extra careful or
walk away if you have a strange feeling about what he/she is telling
Insist on getting a photo of the person you want to meet
beforehand. If somebody doesn't want to send a photo, he/she may
have something to hide.
Arrange a phone call before you meet a person, the voice and use
of words can tell you a lot. Better make this call from a public
phone - the person might have a device to take note of your phone
Be sure to have a possibility to return home after the date -
don't rely on him/her giving you a ride, or to hike
Be suspicous when your possible date:
- provides inconsistent information about her/his age,
looks, employment, marital status, location, profession
- refuses to speak to you on the phone after some time of online
- doesn't give answers to direct questions
- is different in person than he/she was online
- never introduces you to his/her family, friends, colleagues