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Step 3: Limit the time you spend getting to know the person online

Try to meet in person within a reasonable timeframe (a couple of weeks). If you’re using a dating site, communicate via the website only.

Try to meet in person within a reasonable timeframe (a couple of weeks). If you’re using a dating site, communicate via the website only.

Scammers use online communication to draw victims closer, to gain their trust and develop the relationship. Stay on the dating site to communicate with your potential date until you decide you’re ready to meet face-to-face. Resist talking to your prospective date via email. Often scammer profiles do not stay on the dating site for long. Scammers will continue the relationship via email, and if you’ve let them know your email address, they can potentially still contact you after they’ve left the dating site (for emailing you malware or providing to other scammers to target you).

If the person you are talking to requests a webcam chat, be very careful. Scammers can record webcam sessions and use it to blackmail you if the footage contains compromising images or information. If the conversation starts to take an uncomfortable turn, it is okay to STOP and disconnect the chat.