Police are again warning us about the dangers of dating apps after a man was ambushed by three men on his way to meet a woman in Sydney.
The 23 year-old arranged to go a Bondi home in Wallis Parade after midnight on Sunday but as he approached, he was was accosted by three men who demanded his wallet.
A few hours later police arrested three males aged 20, 18 and 17, the eldest was charged with robbery and the other two released.
The incident has prompted police to remind people of the dangers of using dating apps and other social networks.
Here are their tops for staying safe online:
• Do not send a picture of yourself to someone you don’t know and never place a full profile and picture anywhere on the internet;
• Never give out personal information including your name, home address, phone number, private email address, details of where you work or recreational activities;
• Do not activate your webcam to anyone you don’t know personally;
• Use dating, chat room or other meeting sites that have established vetting protocols to verify its members;
• Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you have only chatted with on the internet. If you do decide to meet a person, always take a friend and ensure the meeting is in a public place;
• Consider disabling the GPS function on application settings as this lets people know where you are located;
• Never give out your passwords or financial details; and,
• If you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or in danger then discontinue the meeting, contact police or in an emergency situation call Triple Zero (000).