Police have issued advice around safe online dating as part of a new month-long campaign.
Humberside Police is promoting Get Safe Online’s safe dating campaign, which will focus on providing education and advice.
A force statement said: “Online dating has gained in popularity over the past few years allowing people to meet via the internet with many encounters leading to long-term relationships.
“The vast majority of people who use these websites are genuine and sincere, and provide honest information about who they are. But of course there are exceptions who are involved in dating scams and romance scams.”
The police statement said some key messages for safe online dating are as follows:
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.
Don’t give away too many personal details. Don’t reveal your full name, date of birth, home address or workplace that could lead to identity theft.
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.
Always report any fraudulent activity to Action Fraud and the website you’ve joined.
Don’t be embarrassed to report any concerns as it could save you and others from becoming victims.
Police will be issuing social media messages regularly throughout February as part of the campaign to remind people about what to look out for, how to keep themselves safe, and protect not only themselves but their bank accounts and savings when meeting people online.