Keep in mind that you have no idea who you are really talking to online.
Most dating websites do not screen people, so it's up to you to do your homework.
When it comes to online dating, your possibilities are wide open.
Once you know what you are looking for, you can fill out a profile at one of the paid or free online dating sites, post a photo, and start contacting people.
The next step is to make sure you use some common sense when interacting with potential dates.
Don't be afraid to look up the public records of a person if you feel he or she might have a questionable past history.
There are websites, such as Public Records Database that can help you do a background check.