The first line of defense is the dating service you plan on using.

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Bear in mind, teachers, spies and privacy savvy users will unlikely have an easy to trace online fingerprint.

If your love interest refuses and also isn’t up for meeting after a few weeks however, alarm bells should definitely be ringing.

Most smartphones have GPS receivers, so can accurately pinpoint your location.

This means that being catfished - talking to a fake profile - or even having your identity stolen by a potential digital love interest are very real dangers.

But dating should be fun, whether it’s in a bar, club or online and with a few nuggets of know how, savvy online dating is an absolute reality, whether you’re gay, straight, or anything around or in between.

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If you’re single and reading this, chances are you’ve probably dabbled in some online dating.

Whether you match on Tinder, are messaged on Bumble or get tapped on Grindr, a heart flutter can quickly make way for an empty sinking feeling when you realise you’re talking to a fraud.

This happens a lot, especially with services that don’t require profiles be linked to a social media account.

It isn’t anything to be ashamed of - tech has fast become a widely accepted way of connecting singles looking for love.