There is no reason for anyone to ask you for money or your financial information, whatever sad or sob story they give.

Always keep your bank and account information private.

Check to see if the person you're interested in is on other social networking sites like Facebook, do a web search to see if there are other records of the person online, and if possible use google image search to check the profile photos.

You don’t need to give out your life-story the first time you chat – and you shouldn’t.

There will be plenty of time to share such details if your relationship develops.

- Remember that overtly sexual, provocative or controversial usernames could attract the wrong kind of attention. Stay in control when it comes to how and when you share information.

Don't include your contact information such as your email address, home address, or phone number in your profile or initial communications.

- Stop communicating with anyone who attempts to pressure you into providing your personal or financial information or who seems to be trying to trick you into providing it.

If this happens contact the dating provider immediately to not only protect yourself but other users too.

Take things slowly and share more information when you feel comfortable doing so.

It is impossible to get back information once you have given it away.

Connecting With New People Online Get to know people, take your time and trust your instincts.

Act with caution and learn more about someone before contacting him or her outside of the dating site.

Take Your Time - Sometimes when you're excited about someone, your instincts can be confused by strong feelings.