It isn’t anything to be ashamed of - tech has fast become a widely accepted way of connecting singles looking for love.
Looking for your happy ever after isn’t always sweetness and light though.
Whether you match on Tinder, are messaged on Bumble or get tapped on Grindr, a heart flutter can quickly make way for an empty sinking feeling when you realise you’re talking to a fraud.
This happens a lot, especially with services that don’t require profiles be linked to a social media account.
In turn, the methods mentioned are just initial guidelines.
Many dating sites and apps will have their own safety policies or tips outlined in small print. For example, Chappy, the recently launched gay dating app currently getting behind the hashtag #dontbeadick, has 500 moderators policing the service for profiles that don’t meet its requirements.
Other services like Guardian Soulmates, a global dating website which was in the news after a , features tips onsite and link-outs to ODA - the Online Dating Association. On its website, you can find plenty of videos and some sage advice to help you flag the telltale signs you’re being taken for a [bad] ride.
If your love interest refuses and also isn’t up for meeting after a few weeks however, alarm bells should definitely be ringing.
Most smartphones have GPS receivers, so can accurately pinpoint your location.