Make sure at least one person knows where you're going, who you're meeting, and how long you expect to spend with them.Get a friend or family member to give you a "rescue call" timed for mid-date.
If you want to stop someone from contacting you on Telegraph Dating, just click on the "Block Him/Her" link at the bottom of their profile, and they'll be out of your hair. It's as easy as clicking on the "Report Abuse" link at the bottom of their profile.
You wouldn't give your cash to someone you'd just met in a bar or at a bookshop, would you? All complaints are treated in the strictest confidence and could result in, amongst other things, the suspension or deletion of the offending member's profile.
That's where you come in - love does, after all, conquer all - even temporary cash flow problems.
Only thing is, once the money transfer is done, the scammer will disappear like morning mist.
Remember also that overtly sexual, provocative or controversial usernames could attract the wrong kind of attention.
Don't give up all your personal details in the first few mails.
The cardinal rule of online (and offline) dating is really quite simple - listen to your inner voice.
If something seems wrong or you suddenly feel uncomfortable or threatened, remove yourself from the situation. Most members of Telegraph Dating are just like you - they're hoping to find someone special, and make a real connection, but just like any other facet of life, there's an occasional rotten apple lurking in the barrel, just waiting for a kind-hearted person to scam.
Just because someone gives you theirs, doesn't mean you have to part with yours.