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Even when you've known someone since childhood, dating can go horribly wrong. So if you choose to use online personal ads, take extra precautions to insure your safety. Create a new email address for your personal ad responses. Leave out personal details like your last name, workplace, home address and telephone number; do not give out this information until you met your date and trust him or her. When selecting a venue for your first meeting, choose a public place -- like a restaurant or café -- and arrive separately. Tell friends when and where you are going; you might ask a friend to call or even join you during the date.