Online dating is becoming more common every day and although it makes meeting people easier, there are safety tips we need to keep in mind when meeting someone from the internet for the first time. Check out here some suggestions and resources, and be safe!
• Protect Your Finances & Never Send Money or Financial Information.
Never respond to 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. For more information, check to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s advice to avoid online romance scams.
• Protect Your Personal Information identity and anonymity.
You wouldn’t give personal information out to a stranger over the telephone, so why would you do so over the Internet? Never give personal information, such as your social security number, credit card number or bank information, or your work or home address to people you don’t know. It is best to use your first name only during initial conversations and provide more detailed personal information only after you’ve met in person and gotten to know one another well. Legitimate online daters will understand the reasons for doing this and will be doing the same themselves. Also, when you decide to give someone your phone number online, use your cell, rather than your home or work phone. If things don’t work out, cell phone numbers are much easier to change and give you also the option to block a specific caller number.
Note: ChildFreeLove.com will never send you an email asking for your username and password information. Any such communications should be reported immediately.
• Make sure what you see is what you get.
Upload a potential date’s photograph on TinEye, which will let you see where else on the Internet the photo has appeared. Many scammers steal photos from Facebook pages.
• Check them out online.
The advantage of everyone living their lives online now is that you’ll be able to verify a person’s identity before you meet them by looking them up on social media and search engines.
• Be Web Wise.
Block and report suspicious users. You can block and report concerns about any suspicious user anonymously from any profile page, email or messaging window. Keep conversations on the platform. Bad actors will try to move the conversation to text, personal email or phone conversations.
• Report All Suspicious Behavior.
•Asking you for money or donations.
•Minors using the platform.
•Members sending harassing or offensive messages or emails.
•Members behaving inappropriately during or after meeting in person.
•Fraudulent registration or profiles.
•Spam or solicitation, such as invitations to call 1-900 numbers or attempts to sell products or service.
ChildfreeLove offers the option to report a member or content inside the platform. Seek for a REPORT USER bottom next to the member’s profile picture or content. Please don’t hesitate about using it if you are a victim of any actions described above. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org including detailed information about the report such as your and offender’s profile name, messages, screenshots, etc.
• Take your time getting to know someone online.
Studies show that relationships develop faster online. Try to wait at least one week before you meet face-to-face. And, before you meet in person, move the conversation from online to phone. During a phone chat, you’ll get a better sense of whether your personalities click. Also, by taking it slow, you are more likely to see inconsistencies in their behaviors and actions.OFFLINE:
• Always trust your instincts.
ChildfreeLove is made with the best intentions but there are bad people out there. If you feel that something is not right, get away from the situation as soon as possible and report it to the police if necessary. If it is related to an active member of ChildfreeLove.com, please let us know and we will take action about it immediately.
• Stay local.
Apparently, it is easier for scammers to work their magic long-distance, where it is more challenging for them to get caught. Keep on the lookout for hardship stories: This person should be courting you, not asking for an emergency handout!
• Meet in a public place.
Meeting for the first time in a restaurant or coffee shop would provide enough witnesses if the date turns sour. Never –and I mean never– meet someone at his/her home or even think of inviting them to your home until you really get to know them.
• Tell someone about your date.
Yes, tell a friend or family member the details about where you are meeting, give them details about the person you’re meeting like name and phone number, profile link, pictures and any other additional information you have about that person. Check in with your friend during the date or ask your friend to call you during the date to let them know how you are doing. Besides, this can be used as an escape clause if you feel like the date isn’t going well: “Hey Sam, my mom needs me because of an emergency and we have to end the date.”
• Drive to the date and home by yourself.
Having your own transportation gives you control if the date goes bad. The worst thing is to be reliant on somebody else for transportation as it gives them the control on how long you spend together and let’s face it, it’s safer to have your own car just in case. You can also choose a place accessible by public transportation.
• Stay sober.
This is very serious. We know alcohol creates bad judgment and you don’t want to end up on your first date’s home just because few drinks have made you feel happy. Alcohol impairs our senses and the last thing you want to say in the morning is, “Why did I do that?” or “Where am I?” in the worse scenario.
We care deeply about our members. If a date with any ChildfreeLove’s member goes wrong for any reason, PLEASE let us now ASAP and we’ll do our best to help you out. ♥ email@example.com