WINNIPEG - Police are warning that there is an increase in sexual assaults stemming from online dating classified ads and are advising caution when meeting anyone through an online source.
The following tips are recommended to reduce the risk:
Consider using a credible online dating site; most require a user fee
Do some research; thoroughly vet the sites you plan to use
Never disclose private information on online dating sites
Check the name of the person you are meeting through an online search engine
Be aware of personal risks. Initial meetings should be in a public place.
Do not meet someone alone or at the very least, tell a friend or family member about whom and where you are meeting, including the person’s contact information and a screenshot of the ad
Set up a safety check-in with someone you trust for after your meeting
Be wary of requests for money
Follow your instincts - if something feels wrong, it probably is