Safer online dating

Dating services have been around for decades, but it's only been in the past 6 or 7 years that they've really taken off online.

Here are a few tips we've cobbled together that should help you safely navigate what is, for many, new online terrain.

In fact, research shows that more than 40 million Americans (40 percent of all singles) use online dating services.

Police say Tom Currier went by the name AWalk To Remember08 on and are expecting more women to come forward in this case.

Many people wrongly assume that using an online dating service is the equivalent of throwing in the towel and screaming, "All right already, I'll do it - I'm desperate!

" Actually, online dating is not for the desperate.

Of course there may come a time when you decide to meet in real life someone that you’ve chatted to online.

Even then, it pays to be cautious about giving out personal information, at least at the beginning of your new friendship/relationship.

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