Police Warn Increase in Online Dating Site Sexual Assaults

Manitoba Post StaffNews

WINNIPEG – Police are warning that there is an increase in sexual assaults stemming from online dating classified ads and are advising caution when meeting anyone through an online source.

The following tips are recommended to reduce the risk:

Consider using a credible online dating site; most require a user fee

Do some research; thoroughly vet the sites you plan to use

Never disclose private information on online dating sites

Check the name of the person you are meeting through an online search engine

Be aware of personal risks. Initial meetings should be in a public place.

Do not meet someone alone or at the very least, tell a friend or family member about whom and where you are meeting, including the person’s contact information and a screenshot of the ad

Set up a safety check-in with someone you trust for after your meeting

Be wary of requests for money

Follow your instincts – if something feels wrong, it probably is