Meeting new people to date or for matrimony is an exciting experience but I would like users to keep safety in mind when interacting with others. I'm committed to the safety of our users, so if you are harassed in any way, block the user and please contact me.
In addition I've created some tips for safe dating.
Guard your identity; i.e. don't share your real name, email, personal phone numbers, place of work, home address or any other identifying information while chatting or emailing until you are comfortable doing so.
- Trust your instincts and immediately quit corresponding when you feel unsure or threatened.
- Block and report abusers. Examples of abuse include:
- Married people or minors using the service
- Members sending harassing or offensive messages
- Criminals or other "shady" characters using the service
- Fraudulent registration or profiles
- Spam or solicitation (an offer to sell something to someone)
- Copyright infringement
- Users asking you for money or donations
- Be wary of someone who is vague, talks in circles or answers questions with other questions. Some people ARE very private; however, this behavior is common of con artists.
- Proceed with caution if someone says they are in love after a first meeting or after several conversations online.
- Beware of someone who asks for money.
- Beware of someone who mentions how broke he or she is. Also be cautious if he claims he "just got laid off from work," or that her financial adviser "scammed her out of all her money."
- Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it.
- If someone gives you a phone number with a strange area code, check it out to make sure it's not a charge number before you make the call.
- Remember that you are in control when it comes to taking an online relationship offline. When meeting in person, make sure you know some background information about the person and that you are completely comfortable to take the relationship to this step. We have additional tips when you chose to meet in person.
Safety Tips for Meeting Offline
- Always meet in public. On first meetings, arrange to rendezvous in a populated, public place. Never meet in a private home or in a remote location.
- Tell a friend or family member who you are meeting, where you are going and when you expect to return. Let your date know your meeting is not a secret.
- Take your cell phone with you.
- Take your own car/taxi to the date. Find your own way to and from the date, even if a friend has to drive you or you have to take a taxi.
- Watch your personal belongings or drinks. Don't risk having your personal information stolen. The same goes for your drink - don't risk having it tampered with.
- Ask a lot of questions and watch for inconsistencies. This will help you detect liars and cons, and it will help you find out if you're compatible.
Using your own good judgment is your best bet because ultimately you are responsible for your personal experience. Trust your instincts and then move ahead with the right person!