Even if you have been talking to someone online for a very long time and feel that you know them fairly well, you should still use caution when going to meet them in person or the very first time. The internet is a huge part of our day to day lives now, which means it is more likely than ever that we will meet people online that we don’t know in real life. If you get on with someone then it is natural to want to meet in real life, but you should always operate with caution as people can say anything they want about themselves online, and you cannot always get a good gauge of what sort of person they truly are.
- Don’t give too much information upfront. You don’t want this person to know too much about you before they have met you in person, as this could make it all too easy for them to stalk or otherwise harm you. You may also find yourself the victim of identity fraud of you put too much information about yourself online.
- Tell someone who you are meeting and where. If something does go wrong, then you are far safer if someone else knows exactly where you are and when you should be back. Promise to call this person midway through the meet-up to confirm that everything is ok. If it isn’t, then the alarm will be raised quicker.
- Research the person you are meeting. Just a quick google search of their name should bring up their social networking pages, and this will help you to find out more about them, and make sure there aren’t any red flags that you possibly should avoid this person.
- Call instead of text. Make sure you have heard their voice and had a conversation with them before you decide to go and meet them, as this will give you a better idea of what they are like in person.
Looking for a personal injury lawyer in Lichfield?
If you are attacked or injured by someone you met online then you may be able to use a personal injury lawyer in Lichfield to make a claim for compensation against them. It is always best to use a personal injury lawyer to make a compensation claim, as they know the law better than you do and will be able to put together a case which is more likely to be successful. However, instead of using a local personal injury lawyer in Lichfield you could use a national firm like Accident Advice Helpline to represent you and your claim.
You can call the helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team, who can provide you with a personal injury lawyer who will work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ basis, and will work on your behalf so that you don’t have to go to court.
Date Published: 18th February 2014
Author: David Brown