Be Responsible and do your own Research - There is a limit to an online dating provider’s ability to check the backgrounds of users and verify the information they provide.They cannot do a criminal records check on every user.

Connecting With New People Online Get to know people, take your time and trust your instincts.

Act with caution and learn more about someone before contacting him or her outside of the dating site.

- Stop communicating with anyone who attempts to pressure you into providing your personal or financial information or who seems to be trying to trick you into providing it.

If this happens contact the dating provider immediately to not only protect yourself but other users too.

Trust your instincts and immediately stop communicating with anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable or apprehensive. You don’t owe the other person anything, no matter how long you’ve been chatting or what’s been suggested. If you’re raped or sexually assaulted on your date, help is available.

Never feel embarrassed to report a problem to the dating service. The safest plan is to meet somewhere public and stay somewhere public. Make your own way there and back and don’t feel pressured to go home with your date. The way people interact online isn’t always the same face-to-face. No matter what the circumstances, sexual activity against your will is a crime.

Creating your online dating profile: protect your identity and personal information Be Anonymous - Choose a username that doesn’t let everyone know who you are.

Don't include your surname or any other identifying information such as your place of work either in your profile or when you first make contact.

Dating services run mail and chat so you can get to know people in a safer and [monitored/controlled] way. Use their platform and the added security it gives.