Individuals using a free online dating service should honestly detail what they are seeking in a mate, provide general details about their interests and spell-check their personal profiles before posting. An online dating profile should not divulge phone numbers, addresses, full names or financial information to safeguard the individual from fraud or danger.
Online dating profiles should include honest information about the person's appearance, age, occupation and dating status. Individuals should disclose if they are single, married, widowed, separated or divorced to avoid misleading interested parties. An overview of interests and social activities the individual enjoys helps pinpoint matches with the same interests. An online dating profile should show off the individual's personality, include a catchy headline or tagline and provide an overview of the ideal partner. Daters should also disclose any behaviors or situations that eliminate someone from consideration, such as a person with a smoking or drug habit.
Daters should be wary of people who ask for personal information, such as an address or phone number, right away; quickly requests a chat or meeting outside of the messaging service; or asks for money. People who respond to profiles who claim to be traveling abroad or send strange links to third-party websites may be participating in a scam.