As much as everyone should be careful about the information they share on dating sites, and the internet at large, chances are that some data will be publicly accessible.
The same goes for your phone number, full name and even your Facebook profile which can, of course, give away a huge amount of personal information to anyone who cares to take a look at it (also read our 5 tips to make your Facebook account safer).
Of course there may come a time when you decide to meet in real life someone that you’ve chatted to online.
Even then, it pays to be cautious about giving out personal information, at least at the beginning of your new friendship/relationship.
A lot of people take their time getting to really get to know a prospective partner before beginning a romantic relationship.
For others, it can happen much quicker than that, but be wary of people on dating sites who say they are “in love” after just a few days of chatting.
If someone seems too keen, too soon, they may have an ulterior motive.
Likewise, if a potential date appears too good to be true, it may be that they are.
Action Fraud and the City of London Police have launched a new initiative that aims to separate cybercrime and fraud facts from fiction.
Dubbed “Urban Fraud Myths,” the thirteen day campaign kicked off with a look at online dating, a crime which swindled 3543 Brits out of £33.65 million ( million) in the last year.