Unless you’ve met in person or video chatted, you can’t be certain who you’re talking to is who they say they are – and even if they are who they say they are, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are trustworthy and have your best interests at heart.
Avoid sharing personal details, like your address and place of work, with people you don’t know that well. Sharing nudes and intimate images or messages is always a personal choice, so just because someone shared something with you doesn’t mean that you have to return the favour, or that you have to send anything if you feel at all uncomfortable doing so.
Unfortunately, some people do not respect the privacy of others, and some people find that their trust is violated when someone shares their images without their knowledge or consent. Some people may feel more comfortable sharing photos without their face, whilst others may prefer not to share nudes or sexual images at all. It is a personal choice, and it’s about what you are comfortable with and what you want to do – not what someone else is asking you to do.
If you add each other on social media, take a look at their profiles to make sure what they’ve said to you lines up. This can be a good way to spot red flags, and also to check if the profiles are genuine. Having a low amount of followers, not many photos and no stories with other people isn’t always a red flag, but remember that fake profiles do exist and trust your gut instincts.