Nowadays it is very easy for you to connect with each other online, but you should always be cautious when interacting with someone you don’t know. Let's pocket useful tips when you make friends online
Avoid connecting with suspicious profiles.
If a profile has no image or a single, non-descriptive image, it may either be a fake account or an account with malicious intent.
Do research before meeting in person.
In order to legitimize the connection and avoid being catfished, or lured into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona, try to find (or ask for) social media accounts connected with that person. Having mutual friends also is a good sign that the profile is legitimate.
Block and report suspicious activity.
If another user is sending harassing messages or making you feel uncomfortable, utilize the feature to anonymously block and report the user. Additionally, if you suspect a scam, such as another user asking for money or financial assistance, be sure to promptly utilize the report feature on the app or report it to the police. DO NOT RELEASE PERSONAL INFORMATION OR PROVIDE MONEY OR GIFT CARDS.
Do not give out personal information to someone you have not met.
Personal information includes work or home addresses, passwords, personal finances, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity.