Like with anything you do on the Internet, “there is risk of identity theft, financial fraud, trolling/internet stalking, catfishing and general safety issues when meeting someone you don't know,” says Gina Stewart, an online dating expert.
“Any time you're giving out personal information or credit card information, you want to be able to trust the site/company,” Stewart says.
“Does that information stay with that company, or do they sell or lease it out?
“Use it.” Telling someone to leave you alone or simply not responding will most likely not get the job done, especially if you are in fact dealing with a stalker.
Playing detective might feel excessive, but you’re always better safe than sorry.
“If the person starts asking you for personal details too soon, being pushy about where he or she wants to meet up, or seeming too good to be true, do your homework,” Stewart says.