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Step 4: Do not give out personal details

Giving out personal details can put at risk of identity theft and continued targeting by scammers

This includes your email, where you work, mobile number, surname, or linking the person to your social networking profiles like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn (for example).

You can set up a free Google Voice account, which will generate a separate phone number and forward it to your mobile. If the person is a scammer or things fizzle out, the other person won’t have your real phone number.

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