Understand that profiles, postings and messages can contain false information provided by the user. Do not assume that information given by the user is true, accurate and complete.
You should remain anonymous on the site and in any initial communications to protect your identity from prospective dates. Never include such personally identifiable information such as last name, home address, email address, phone number, and/or place of work, etc.
Be careful with the photos you post since backgrounds and whatever appears on your apparel can give users an idea as to your location. Understand that a provocative photo could attract the type of person you might not wish to attract.
Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for any personally identifiable information.
You must be careful if you ever decide to give out your personal email address to a user thinking that the person will not know who you are since there are ways that the other party can track your personal email address online and link it to your name and other personally identifiable information.
It is best NOT to give financial information to anyone nor should you provide a loan or any other financial assistance to another user. Some scammers try to use dating and other social network sites for this purpose.
You can read postings about others to dig further to help evaluate if a potential date has a good reputation among other daters on the service.
If you start writing, emailing and/or talking on the phone with someone, try to get direct answers to your questions. If the person changes stories or there are any inconsistencies, be wary of that person. If the person gets very angry, is threatening or tries to exert control over you in any way, those are warning flags and you should take heed and stop all further communication. You can block that person from contacting you by using the settings in your account.
If you are considering meeting with someone, put your safety first and foremost. Before you decide to meet, you may want to first conduct your own criminal background check on the person you are to meet before agreeing to do so. This is highly recommended. However, understand that criminal background checks are NOT foolproof and should not give you a sense of security as they are not a perfect safety solution. There is no perfect safety solution. Criminals can circumvent even the most sophisticated search technology. Understand that not all criminal records are public in all states and that not all databases are up to date. Only publicly available convictions are included in the screening. Screenings do not cover other types of convictions or arrest or any convictions from foreign countries.
You should always meet in a public place when it will be busy there with other people around. You should avoid going to any location considered to be in a high crime area.
If you make the decision to meet with someone, set safety ground rules with the other party.
It is important that you tell a trusted friend or relative exactly where you are going.
Do not do anything that could negatively impact your judgment like drinking too many alcoholic beverages.
Do not go to the restroom or otherwise leave the other party whereby your drinks or belongings are left unattended.
Do NOT get into a personal vehicle together regardless if it is yours, the other person’s or belonging to someone else. Use your own vehicle, a rental car, or a taxi when going to meet someone for the first time instead of having the person pick you up.
When you meet your date for the first time, if he or she does not look like the photo on his/her profile or photos sent to you, then the person could be impersonating someone else and you should immediately walk away. Then contact us to report the incident (per the procedures described in paragraph ten of these Safety Tips).