December 7, 2011 at 8:59 PM EST - Updated June 26 at 1:40 AM
Safety tips from a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police news release:
Do not reveal information that can reveal your identity until you're confident it's safe to do so.
Be cautious revealing your name, address, phone number, email address, place of work, website address, etc.
Do not allow anyone to pressure you into revealing details before you are ready. If they are overly aggressive in asking for identifying information, cut off communication.
If you feel uneasy about someone you've met online, err on the side of caution.
Others may misrepresent themselves online. That includes lying, omitting important details, posting outdated photos or posting someone else's photo as their own. Pay attention to clues that indicate someone is trying to hide something.
Watch for inconsistencies in content on their dating profile or their other content on the dating site. Be cautious of evasiveness about things that could indicate a problem.
Consider getting a background check done on someone before getting involved in communicating with or meeting them.
Consider running an online search of someone's name through a search engine.
Women should ask for the guy's phone number and use Caller ID blocking (*67) when calling the person so that their phone number is not revealed. Caller ID blocking can even be used on most cell phones. Always try using *67 when placing first calls.
When meeting someone for the first time, take a friend along or meet and stay in public places.
Be sure that someone knows where you're going and when to expect you back.
Take your mobile phone along and have a friend call periodically.