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Humberside Police are supporting a month-long Safe Dating campaign, which will offer advice to help people date safely online

Is your online date safe?

Humberside Police are supporting a campaign to help people stay safe in online relationships – and avoid ‘romance scams.’

Get Safe Online’s month long Safe Dating campaign, supported by our local force, will provide education and advice to help people date safely online throughout February.

The campaign warns against ‘dating scams’ and ‘romance scams’ – reminding people to not only protect themselves, but also their bank accounts and savings when meeting people online.

The force will be broadcasting regular social media messages throughout the month with advice about the ever-growing phenomenon of online dating.

In their advice, Humberside Police say: “Pick a reputable site. Don’t move any conversations away from that site unless you’re confident the person is who they say they are.

“Get to know the person, not the profile. Don’t be scared or embarrassed to ask questions of the person.

“Never send money or bank details to someone you’ve met online.”

It is also advised that online daters avoid giving out personal details, don’t reveal their full names, date of birth, home address, workplace, or any information which could make them vulnerable to identity theft.

Humberside Police also say to make sure you know exactly who it is you’re talking to online: “Check the person you’ve met is genuine. Do this by going online and looking for their name, photos, repeatedly used phrases or even search for ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’. Remember it’s your own safety you’re looking out for.”

Anyone suspicious of fraudulent behaviour should report it to Action Fraud at alongside the website you’ve joined.