When you’re a single lady it’s important to keep dating safety in mind at all times. One issue that you should think about is the safety of giving out your cell phone number to new guys you’ve just met, such as at a party or online -- especially if you haven't even met the person face to face.

Did you know that some online services provide name and address information to people who request it based on a cell phone number alone?

That means that anyone with a little cash who has your cell phone number could potentially retrieve private information about you. That includes your full name and the billing address of your cell phone account. Considering the internet information websites available now, like Facebook, it’s not a good idea to potentially put this information into the hands of strange guy you met in passing or at a club!

I personally can’t believe that more people don’t know about this — it’s a significant privacy concern.

This is why giving your phone number to guys you meet at clubs, bars and online is probably not the best idea in 2011 and beyond. If the guy gets a little too attached and you want to move on, you could have a nosy bugaboo either calling/texting you all the time or trying to do Internet research.

So one key dating safety tip to consider is to get to know the guy as well as possible before you give him your cell phone number.

Here are some precautionary measures you can take: 

  • Change your cell phone billing address to a P.O. Box and list your name as “Private” on your account
  • Wait a few dates before giving out your cell phone number—especially if you met him online. If you don’t feel right about the guy, don’t give him your number out of pity – just thank him for a nice date and go on your way.
  • Get an 800 number (they’re only about $2 a month – cheap compared to what you probably pay for your cell phone). Give guys your 800 number instead of your cell phone number—you can block any number from calling in the future and protect your information in the process.

Please forward this information onto your female friends and family. I want a lot of women to read this dating safety tip, because as information becomes more and more freely available online cell phone privacy is an increasing concern.