Perhaps their dating profile image is the same as their Twitter profile picture — people tend to be much less filtered on social media sites like Twitter, and you could discover some unsavory personality traits.

Never meet at your home or office where they could easily find you again, and never choose a secluded location — recommends you immediately end the date if your date pressures you to do otherwise.

Before you leave to meet a virtual date, tell a roommate or friend who you are meeting, where you are going, and what time you plan to be home.

If they ask for your number, or ask you to email them or switch to Whats App (a common trick among scammers is to say their subscription is running out), just politely decline and say it’s nothing personal, it’s just your policy not to.

Get to know them first It can be a good idea to message and get to know a bit about each other before meeting up.

Any potential dates will likely run your name through a detailed Internet search.

They may find your office location on Linked In, your address tagged in an Instagram post, or your phone number linked to a Craigslist ad.

In 2015, the Pew Research Center found that 59% of people thought online dating was a good way to meet people, whereas just 44% shared that opinion in 2005.

Though its popularity is rising, you may still wonder if online dating is safe.

If you’re browsing a dating app on your mobile device, use a mobile version of Google Image search.