Still, online dating requires you to be cautious and take steps to protect yourself.Read on to help reduce your risk when you turn to the Internet to find a relationship.

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The following advice may help inform your instincts.

Dating safely online and offline should always be a priority.

While looking for love online, take some additional steps such as seeing if you have Facebook friends in common, downloading your date’s photos into Google Image reverse search at If someone’s photos seem to good to be true and your date looks like a model or stock photo, it would be good to check their social networking sites such as Facebook or Instagram to see if they match up.

If your date refuses to go on a Skype or video date, perhaps they are hiding something.

If your date’s interests match yours exactly, he or she could me mirroring your profile to make you feel like they are ‘the one.’Often women get excited when they first start talking to someone online.

They project to the future and feel like they are in an instant relationship.

Remember that you’re a member of a dating site, he’s a member of a dating site, and chances are everyone is dating multiple people.

I can’t stress enough the importance of taking your time in getting to know someone.

Since our non-profit is strongly in favor of criminal background screening those employees coming to do service work in the home, we think that same principle extends to online dating.