Be aware that some people, especially online, don't always tell the truth, so trust your instincts. Remember you are in control of your situation, you don't have to do anything you are not happy doing. Don't let anyone talk you into doing something you don't want to do.
Don't publish or divulge any personal data, such as your full name, phone number, email address or home address or photographs. This will help to protect your identity. Guard your personal information well until you are sure you know who you’re in contact with, any genuine online dater/user will understand the need for caution.
Any personal details posted anywhere or shared with anyone are NO longer private property. Any image - including cam sessions can be copied and used for any purpose.
The sole intention of scammers is to scam people out of money often by telling sob stories to make you feel sorry for them or pretending love. Never offer or send anyone any money no matter how tempting they make an offer sound, if it seems too good to be true, it more than likely is.
With scammers every detail and fact they offer - history - events - are lies, made up - any "other person" that the scammer introduces you to is also fake.
If a beautiful young girl or a handsome male is looking for love, and looks and age aren't important to them, then stop and think if it is really likely?
Be cautious of people who declare their love for you after mailing or chatting online for only a short period of time and having never met you.
Scammers realise that people on a dating site are looking for love, so they take advantage of that situation and pretend to be your ideal partner and give the impression that they are very interested in you. Their plan is to gain your trust so you will let your guard down and that is when you become vulnerable and therefore susceptible to a scam - any details shared can then be used against you as threats to disclose/expose or blackmail.
Social site profiles are public unless you change your privacy settings, so make sure you only post what you want people to see.
Study and use social site security tools/filters/blocks.
Familiarise yourself with the privacy and security features of your IM program and take time to set these so that your online status is displayed at a level you are comfortable with.
Never open an attachment or click on links in mails from someone you don’t know as these can contain spyware and/or viruses.
Never send money by Western Union/Moneygram.
Never give personal information.
Online anyone can claim to be anyone, any age and from anywhere.