To learn more details about ways to help you stay safe while dating online visit the Federal Trade Commission's Online Dating Scam site. PLEASE read them carefully before you venture out to communicate, meet and ultimately date people from this site. Online safety tips Guard your personal and online access information Do not provide any personal information — your full name, phone number, home address, email address, place of work, etc.
Remain anonymous until you feel absolutely safe. Use the member-to-member messaging feature provided by the MODINCA software platform in order to protect your identity until you decide to reveal it through email, IM or other means. Use extra caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others cannot view or record your password or other personal information.
If you share your computer with others, disable the auto sign-in feature to your account and clear all saved passwords. We will never send you an email asking for your username and password information. Any such communication should be reported immediately. Protect your finances Never give financial information such as your social security number, credit card number or bank information to people you don't know or you have not met in person.
Do not respond to any request to send or wire money anywhere for any reason whatsoever, and report it to us immediately. Please be wary that the scammers can be very convincing. Wiring money is like sending cash: Watch out for scammers The following are some of the red flags to watch out for.
Block and report suspicious users Be cautious and use common sense. If personal details provided by another person do not 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. Additionally, please report anyone who violates our Terms of Service. Some of the examples of Terms of Service violations include but not limited to: We do not conduct criminal background screenings of our users, so if you would like more information about someone, please use the internet and government resources.
This can include typing the person's name into a search engine, checking out their social media pages, reviewing public information made available by government offices, or using a paid service to obtain a full background report. Do your due diligence!
Always meet in public Meet for the first time in a populated, public location — never in a private or remote location, never at your home or apartment, and never at your date's home or apartment. Stay in a public place Do not to go back to your date's home or bring them back to yours until you feel safe and comfortable based on your knowledge of the person. Doing so before you know them well enough, especially on the first date, is seriously asking for trouble.
Tell a friend or family member Inform a friend or family member of your date plans including date, time and location. Keep your mobile phone with you at all times. Arrange to contact a friend or a family member when the date is over. Do not do anything that would impair your judgment and cause you to make a poor decision. Watch your alcohol intake. If you're drinking, do not leave your drink unattended.
Also ask specific questions about their relationship with family and friends. Make note of the information given and inquire about it again at a future date to see if there are any discrepancies.
Long distance meetings We do not recommend long distance meetings due to unique safety concerns they pose. If you must take a long distance trip to meet someone, please keep the following precautions in mind.
If you cannot afford a hotel, you should not go. Take a taxi or drive a rental car to get around. Keep them abreast of your whereabouts throughout the trip.