Even though you may have been chatting to the other person through a messaging service for some time, you only know what they have told you about themselves, and they may not be telling the truth.
Someone’s online persona may be very different to how they are in real life, particularly if you have felt strongly attracted to them.
There have been a number of news stories where apps and websites have been used to target LGBT people in hate crime attacks.
These include people posing as LGBT people to find another LGBT person to assault or rob.
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Apps and dating websites can add a lot of fun to our social and sex lives, but if something does go wrong when you chat to or meet somebody think about whether this could be a hate crime, and consider reporting it.
Most service providers have a function to block and report this, although persistent harassment may occur if the other person creates a new user account and profile.
Meeting somebody new for the first time always carries a degree of risk, although the vast majority of people who go on dates or meet casual sexual partners do so safely.