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Never meet at their house or invite them to yours and make sure it’s a place where there are lots of people around and ideally - where you have phone signal.

It is also a good idea to meet somewhere that you know well and are familiar with so you know how to get home.

Instead I dealt with it by getting drunk and kissing him at a club. Thank god I didn't go home with him, but unsurprisingly he thought I liked him.

When I got home and sobered up I felt pretty rubbish and wanted to put an end to the whole thing immediately, so I sent him a message thanking him for a lovely evening but that I didn't want to go on a second date. I got a very angry accusatory email accusing me of leading him on and the fact he'd paid all night definitely got mentioned.

And it's not hard to understand why – it’s an instantaneous, low-effort way to flirt and meet new people and we probably all know someone who met a partner online.

In fact - it’s how a quarter of us will meet our other half.

But when we met, there was something about him that made me feel slightly uneasy.

“For some reason which escapes me now I put up relatively revealing pictures and an online handle (' Clare wants to play' - CRINGE!!

) on one profile that weren't exactly designed to elicit a particularly mature response.

Consider the risks Bear in mind that there’s a limit to an online dating service’s ability to do background checks or verify someone’s identity.

They can’t, for instance, do criminal records checks on every user.

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