Rapes related to online dating increased by nearly a factor of six -- from 33 in 2009 to 184 in 2014 -- according to a report released Monday by the UK's National Crime Agency.
“You should consider hiring a [private investigator] to run a background check and criminal check on the person, as well as a deep dive (OSINT) Open Source Intelligence Search.
A recent study indicates that up to 10 percent of Americans use online dating websites or mobile applications.
As the number of people looking to meet new people online grows, so does the opportunity for fraud.
Seven million UK residents are currently registered with online dating sites, according to the report.
But the increased number of rapes indicates that you need to keep your wits about you when meeting strangers.
Lyne disappeared last Friday after leaving to meet a date, who police identified as John Robert Charlton, 37.