Don’t give out personal information too soon
Communicate via email until you get a feel for the person. Also, posting pictures
of children in ads may attract the wrong people.
Use a cell phone
Once you decide to move further along in the communication process, don’t give out
your home phone number as it is easily traceable and may lead to you home address.
Go with your instincts
If at any time something feels strange or raises a red flag, listen to your gut
feeling and put safety first.
Ask for a recent photo
Online is a great place to meet, however it is also an effective tool for disguise.
Many people use old pictures or pictures of friends.
Meet in a public place
When you feel comfortable enough to meet in person, choose a place with people around
and drive your own car. Be sure to tell a friend who you are meeting and where you’re