“Do a Google image search to see if his or her profile is using pictures pulled from somewhere or someone other than him or herself.” This is the first step, but if you are going to meet up with this person, it’s sometimes a good idea to dig a little deeper (see tip number five).
“Googling background searches will give you a wealth of options.There are even some specifically for online dating, like Luv Fax.” Stewart encourages you to do a little research beforehand, as long as you don’t tell your date about it!Additionally, it is “best to not participate in any activity where you’re not able to leave,” she says.So stick to coffee shops, restaurants and movie theaters – at least for the first few dates.“Does that information stay with that company, or do they sell or lease it out?
Believe it or not, some sites sell your profile or information.
So when can you trust this person enough to actually go out with him or her?
For Stewart, the answer is “if they are consistent, taking time to get to know you, and so far honest from what you can tell.” However, you can meet up while still guarding your information. Facebook gives out a ton of personal information about you that can be used against you in a number of ways.” Additionally, you can get to know the person without going into details about yourself.
“Some sites let you block or report aggressive or inappropriate users,” Stewart says.
“Use it.” Telling someone to leave you alone or simply not responding will most likely not get the job done, especially if you are in fact dealing with a stalker.
Meeting in a public place seems intuitive – if there are other people around, there will be someone to help you out if need be.