To Do

 Try to remain completely anonymous until you fully trust that person.

 Closely look for odd behavior or inconsistencies. Serious people will always respect your space and allow you to take your time to make a decision.

 Ask a friend or relative to read the emails you receive because as an unbiased observer they can spot warning signs you missed.

 Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal information like photo, mailing address, mobile no. etc., or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it.

 You can use the Photo Request feature on As offers free scanning & upload services to its members, there's no reason someone shouldn't be able to provide you a photo.

 View several images of someone in various styles: casual, formal, indoor and outdoor. If he/she gives excuses about why you can't see a photo, consider that he or she has something to hide.

 Use pre-paid mobile phone number or use local telephone blocking techniques to prevent your phone number from appearing in Caller Id. Furnish your contact number only when you feel completely comfortable and have some information about the other person.

 If someone provides you a phone number with a strange area code, check it out to make sure it's not a charge number before you make the call.

Not To Do

 Don't provide your personal contact information like name, email address, residential address, telephone numbers, place of work or any other identifying information in your initial messages.

 Don't send your personal information or contact information until you trust that person.

 Don't use signature in your emails that include your contact details.

 Don't use your regular or official email id for communicating with a person you don't know well.