1. NEVER send money to anyone who you met online, but have not yet met in person.
2. Never include your e-mail address, home address, phone number, place of work, or any other identifying information on your profile or initial emails.
3. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH via an internet search engine before sharing any personal information with, or meeting, another person.
We also encourage you to report any profiles that contain obscene, pornographic, abusive, violent or otherwise offensive photos or content. By reporting such violations, you not only protect yourself but also help other users. Simply go to the violator's profile and click on "Block/Report Abuse" button.
• Scammers often refuse to meet face-to-face or provide their photos in a variety of situations at different times in their life. Instead, they would like to send you SMS messages, use your personal email.
• A user directs you to a pornographic or Trojan site.
• A user asks you for money (this is often in the context of an urgent need such as travel back to their home country, hospital bills, medication, obtaining official documents such as a visa or as a short term loan to recover from a financial setback.
• A user tries to sell products or services online or offers you a job opportunity.
• A user claims love for you right away.
MEETING IN PERSON
• Always meet in a public place at a time when many people are around.
• Use your own transportation to arrive at the meeting. Never have the person pick you up from your home or office.
• Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you will return and set up a predetermined time to check in with them.
• Bring a cell phone with you so you can immediately contact emergency services or a friend for help if necessary.
• Stick to nonalcoholic drinks.
• Don't leave your personal belongings (mobile phones, purses, wallets) unattended.