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Top tips for safe online dating

Safe Online Dating is key.

Signing up to a dating website or two is really exciting. It can feel like the beginning of a new life that’s bursting with romantic possibilities. But you need to stop yourself right there. Being naïve and dreamy about online love is not just daft, it’s downright dangerous. Dating sites can be a magnet for unsavoury individuals, so you should always proceed with caution. If, after a couple of dates, you’re having second thoughts about someone you met online or if you’ve been exchanging messages, but aren’t sure if you should take the next step, we can help. By running a simple background check Are They Safe can establish if your online date is all they seem.

Matchmaking websites are a lot of fun, but you should take things very slowly. Always go with your gut instinct. If something just doesn’t feel right, cut off all contact. And never, ever share personal information until you feel completely comfortable doing so. Liars and cheats come in all shapes and sizes but here are some red flags to watch out for when looking for romance online.

  • If a potential date has only one profile picture or a series of out of focus snaps, steer clear. Conversely, if they have dozens of photos of themselves driving flash cars around exotic locations, be cautious. Scammers like to imply that they have vast wealth before they ask you for money. Also watch out for profiles that seem disjointed, incoherent or are written in poor English. They may well be a front for criminal activity.
  • Run for the hills if they seem smitten too soon. Average couples say ‘I love you’ around the five-month mark. So if your inbox is crammed with adoring messages within the first five minutes, there may well be an ulterior motive.
  • A personal profile that’s full of sob stories is best avoided. Tugging at their victim’s heartstrings is one of the classic tactics used by online scammers.
  • If someone asks you within the first few messages to move your communication to email or text, resist. It could be perfectly innocent, but would-be scammers do this to evade detection. You should also be wary of someone who wants to instantly ‘friend’ you on Facebook or follow you on Twitter. At the very least, it’s a bit creepy.
  • Don’t ever let anyone pressurise you into sending explicit images of yourself. The risk of ‘revenge porn’ is just too great. If they start sending you unasked for nude photos, cut off all ties.
  • Individuals who are vague about the details of their life or are never free to meet in person may well be hiding something. They could be married, bankrupt, have a criminal record or be lying about where they live or even who they are.If you find yourself involved with someone like this and you’d like to get to the bottom of it, we can gather vital information to give you peace of mind. Quick and affordable, the Online Dating Check is one of our most popular services – we run dozens of them every week. And we’re proud to say that over the years we’ve helped countless clients steer clear of untrustworthy individuals. By using the check we can establish:
    • Real Name & DOB
    • Address and Living Arrangements
    • Previous address history
    • Who they have lived with
    • Marital Status
    • Criminal History – in the UK
    • Credit History
    • County Court Judgements (CCJ)
    • Bankruptcy
    • Business Interests
    • Property Ownership


Checks take anything between a week and seven days to complete. All our researchers are government trained and gather information lawfully. Discretion is, of course, assured. Nobody, including your potential partner, need ever know that you have had a check done.

Why risk embarking on a serious relationship with someone you barely know, especially if their behaviour is giving you real cause for concern? Before you get carried away, let your head rule your heart and get an Online Dating Check. The information we provide will give you a fuller picture of your date and help you make an informed decision about your future.

Call us today on 020 7183 6973.

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