Safety advice for online dating
SAFETY ADVICE FOR ONLINE DATING
We hope to make online dating enjoyable for all our members, and we make every effort to provide a high level of privacy and security on our website. While the vast majority of people can be trusted, you must beware of predators, scammers, and online liars. There have been cases when online dating services have been misused. For instance, some users who join the site aren't looking for dating; instead, they may use your personal details to send unwanted advertisements or ask for money (which is known as a scam). To prevent yourself from undesirable contacts, we have compiled a list of tips to help you be safe.
Trust your instincts
Your instincts are always trying to tell you something. Learn to trust them. Too many of us don't trust our instincts and ignore them, sometimes to our own detriment. If at any point you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, walk away for your own safety and protection. Watch out for anyone who seems too good to be true. Begin by communicating solely via this dating site, and look for odd behavior or inconsistencies in their profile, conversation, or actions. The person at the other end may not be who or what they say they are.
Don't provide personal information too soon
Never give out your full name, home address, telephone number, or any other sensitive personal information unless you know who you're dealing with. Armed with just your home phone number, a person can easily gain access to your income information or home address, or even learn the value of your home. This website works using an anonymous e-mail and chat system so that none of your online personal information is made available to other members. Make sure you send and receive e-mails only via our onsite e-mail system. Take your time getting to know people better and develop a trusting relationship.
Never let your guard down. Some people take advantage of those looking for spicy fun by befriending people and trying to scam them. These scams range from illegal advertisements, to redirection to other websites where you have to pay, to asking for credit card details or money. Be cautious of members who tell you in conversation that they are from a different country than is given in their profile. Most commonly, the dating site female scammer will describe herself as "god-fearing, real, honest, sincere, loving, genuine." If you believe any person contacting you fits the description listed above and looks too good to be true, ignore that person, and DO report them to us right away using our scammer reporting option. Make sure you know how to save copies of your online dating conversations.
Use the "SEE ME, HEAR ME, MEET ME" technology
When you are ready to take things a step further, move onto our video and audio dating technologies. These tools are perfect for clearing up any concerns about a person's appearance, manner, and tone. Use these tools to become more interactive with members, to have a virtual date!
Using video and audio will make it easier to decide if there is a physical spark between you with no risk to your safety and no need to disclose personal information.
Use these innovative online dating communication tools in stages, if you wish. Begin by chatting via SMS text messaging and use audio to have an online phone conversation without having to give out your phone number. When you are comfortable with those contacts, then you can meet up.
Meet somewhere safe
When you're ready to meet in person, you can reduce your risk of abuse or harrassment by meeting dates in a busy, well-lit, public place. This also lets you avoid giving out your home address.”. Don't agree to meet someone until you know them well and are sure you can rely on them. You may also want to consider taking along a friend or arranging a double date. Let someone you trust know where you are going, how you are getting there, when you are expected to arrive at your meeting, and when you are expected home. Let them know where you are at regular intervals on your date. Never arrange for your date to pick you up at home.
While on your date, drink responsibly and keep your wits about you. Always carry a mobile phone, if you have one. If you feel uncomfortable or nervous at any point, excuse yourself to the bathroom and call for back up! Put together an instant, "accidental" meeting with a friend. Remember to stay in public places with others around you. If your date is a true gentleman or lady, he or she will totally understand your feelings.
Enjoy your first date and have fun!
Please don't let our warnings put you off. We hope you will find the man or lady of your dreams and remain safe and happy throughout your life!