If you’re newly single, it may mean coming to terms with the end of your previous relationship.
Everyone responds differently to the end of a relationship, but it’s important to give yourself time and support to process your feelings.
To ensure you don’t fall for a scam: For more information about online dating fraud, visit Action Fraud's website.
If you think you have been a victim of dating fraud or any other type of scam, report it to the police and Action Fraud.
Whether you’re separated, bereaved, or have been single for some time, it’s never too late to start a new relationship.
It’s not unusual to feel lonely, particularly if you’ve just lost a partner or decided to go your separate ways.
It can be exciting to find people with similar interests to you and to receive messages and emails from them.
Taking time to exchange messages with someone will help you to work out if you like them enough to arrange a phone call or a face to face meeting.
You could join: Many local newspapers have a personal ads section (sometimes called a ‘lonely hearts’ or ‘would like to meet’) where you can put a short message about yourself and what type of person you would like to meet.It’s a good idea to speak to someone on the phone a few times before you agree to meet them.This will give you a better idea of their personality and whether or not you might be a good match.A common scam involves the new partner trying to get money, perhaps by telling a hard luck story, or asking for money to come and visit.There are also fraudsters who want to enter into relationships for immigration purposes to gain access to the UK.Most dating websites can be used to find a lesbian, gay, or bisexual partner, but there are also specific LGBT dating sites as well.