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Use social media to meet new friends? How to stay safe while dating online

With Tinder, Zoosk and social media, the ability to find a date is right at your fingertips. Know the steps police say you have to take to stay safe while dating online. With Tinder, Zoosk and social media, the ability to find a date is right at your fingertips. Know the steps police say you have to take to stay safe while dating online.
A woman was reportedly kidnapped, sexually assaulted and robbed after meeting a man she met on a social media site, according to Myrtle Beach police. (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department). A woman was reportedly kidnapped, sexually assaulted and robbed after meeting a man she met on a social media site, according to Myrtle Beach police. (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department).
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A woman was reportedly kidnapped, sexually assaulted and robbed after meeting a man she met on a social media site, according to Myrtle Beach police.

Woman reports sexual assault, robbery by man she met on social media

David Welch, 19, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with the said crimes and more, police said.

The victim told police she and Welch had been talking for some time before the two decided to meet in person at a Burger King restaurant near the Coastal Grand Mall.

With Tinder, Zoosk and other forms of social media, the ability to find a date is right at your fingertips.

Know the steps police say you have to take to stay safe while dating online.

"Really make sure to let someone know what you're doing and what plan you have in place,” said Lt. Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Police say having a plan is critical.  

“You just have a plan of action in place,” Crosby said. “Make sure that a friend knows what you're doing, that way if something does happen, someone can report that you're missing to the police department.”

Never give out personal information, and most importantly, don't put yourself in a dangerous situation.

“Make sure if you are meeting in public to stay in public around people so that way you have people watching your activities,” Crosby said.

Welch is expected to go before a judge for a bond hearing. ?

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