Exercise the same precautions online as you would offline. Whether responding to an ad on the bulletin board at your local yoga studio, in your newspaper or online, be cautious.
Choose a public place such as a cafe when meeting someone for the first time, and ensure other people are around.
Take a person with you to meetings.
Tell a friend or family member where you're going, and keep a cell phone on you.
Always trust your instincts.
Never post or give out your address, phone number or meeting place online.
Use private e-mail after first contact.
Don't let anyone pick you up or drop you off at home.
If anything seems suspicious, cease all contact and notify site moderators.