Safety Tips – Online Dating

Be Web Wise

Be wary of communications that ask you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information. Always trust your instinct. If something feels wrong, it probably is.

There are certain red flags to watch for that may indicate you’re dealing with a scammer. Be aware of anyone who…

  • Quickly asks to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service
  • Refuses to meet in person or speak over the phone
  • Claims to be from U.S. but is currently travelling, living or working abroad
  • Asks you for money
  • Offers you a job
  • Vanishes mysteriously from the site, then reappears under a different name
  • Talks about “destiny” or “fate”
  • Claims to be recently widowed
  • Asks for your address under the guise of sending flowers or gifts
  • Makes an inordinate amount of grammar and/or spelling errors
  • Sends you emails containing strange links to third-party websites

Protect your finances

Ignore any request to send money, especially overseas or by wire transfer, and report it to us immediately – even if the person claims to be in an emergency. Wiring money is like sending cash: the sender has no protections against loss and it’s nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money.

Do not share financial information (such as you social security number, credit card number or any bank information) with people you don’t know or you haven’t met in person.

Guard your personal and online access information

Be cautious when giving out personal information such as your full name, phone number, place of work, email and address. You are in control of your online dating experience at all times, so remain anonymous until you feel totally comfortable. We recommend leaving any personal contact information out of your profile or username.

Use vigilance when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information. If you share your computer with others, disable the auto login feature to your account and clear all saved passwords.

 

If personal details provided by another person don’t seem to add up, they behave suspiciously or pressure you for personal or financial information – block communications with that person and report them to us immediately.