Find Someone is a fun, safe way to meet new people and we have a number of success stories from members who have found someone special online.However, just like in the offline world, there are certain precautions you should take.

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Last year alone, twice as many marriages occurred between men and women who met online than took place among couples who met in bars, clubs and at other social events combined.

If you've been considering taking the plunge into Internet dating but aren't quite sure how to get started, here are my nine key tips to ensure that your experience is a positive, safe and successful one.

• Tip #5: Never provide your last name, address, or other personal or financial information to a person you have not met.

And never, under any circumstances, give money to someone you don't know well and have not met in person.

In fact, research shows that more than 40 million Americans (40 percent of all singles) use online dating services.

It has become a very successful way to meet that someone special.

Not everyone will take this advice, but you don't want to start a relationship on a lie, and somewhere down the road, others will know that you aren't what you say you are (or you don't look like your photo).

• Tip #3: Many online dating sites are tailored to specific interests.

It is best to use your first name only during initial conversations and provide more detailed personal information only after you've met in person and gotten to know one another well.