KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Many people lead busy lives and they use online dating in hopes of finding their perfect match.
The Better Business Bureau's Jan Quintrall says that while there have been many success stories of people meeting online, there are also some things you should be aware of.
First, she says, set up an anonymous e-mail account and do not give out your full name. She also says to use your cell phone number because with a home phone number a person can get your address with a few clicks of their mouse.
Most of all, she says to trust your gut.
Quintrall says, "Don't trust everything you read online. It is so easy to hide behind a façade and be sure you don't let it get far before you actually sit face to face with the person."
And Quintrall says, never give an online date money if they ask for it. She says you must protect your personal information until you are sure about who you are talking to.