At Love Match, your safety is our priority. We know that meeting someone for the first time whether online, through a friend or at a special event is exciting and fascinating. But understand that being safe is important. You control your experiences at Love Match and there are certain safety measures you should adhere to dating online and offline.
Please read the tips and information below, and strongly urge you to follow these guidelines in the interest of your personal safety and well-being. However, you are always the best judge of your own safety, and these guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for your own judgment.
Protect Your Financial Information
NEVER give out your bank or credit card information. Do Not share your Social Security Number or other private information that can be used to access your financial information. Do Not send money to someone you meet online, especially by wire transfer. Immediately stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it.
For more information, click on the video below to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s advice to avoid online romance scams, also available here: http://onguardonline.gov/articles/0004-online-dating-scams.
Protect Your Online Account
Please use caution when you access your account from a public or shared computer. Be mindful of your surroundings so that others can’t view passwords and other personal information.
Don’t Be So Quick To Share Your Personal Information
Many people give their personal information and numbers out freely and that’s a HUGE mistake. Be cautious when sharing personal information that could reveal your identity. Do Not include your last name, home address, email address, telephone number, or your place of employment on your Love Match profile or initial email messages. We provide a secure email system, so don’t feel pressured to give this info out until you feel comfortable.
Going on a first date with someone new is exciting but your safety is still very important. Even if you feel that you’ve developed some type of relationship via email and phone, you have to remember that this person is still a stranger to you. So it is very important that when meeting someone in person, whether it is your first or fifth date, take precautions and consider these do’s and don’ts.
- Don’t Feel Pressured: Don’t feel pressured to meet before you’re ready or for any longer than you’re comfortable with – a short first date is fine.
- Meet in Public: The safest place to meet is somewhere in public. Take your own transportation there and back and don’t feel pressured to go home with your date.
- It’s About The Person And Not The Profile: The way a person interacts online isn’t always the same when you meet face-to-face. Don’t be offended if your date is more guarded when meeting in person.
- No Excuses Needed: Don’t feel bad about cutting a date short if it’s not what you were expecting. You don’t owe the other person anything, no matter how long you’ve been chatting or what’s been suggested.
Communicate Your Plans
Communicate with a family member or friend that your plans when and where you will be meeting your date. Keep your mobile device with you at all times.
Report Any Suspicious Concerns
Love Match monitors to identify and cancel profiles of individuals who misrepresent who they are on our website. We take our members complaints seriously. If you have concerns about a particular match, please do not hesitate to report their profile to us so that appropriate steps can be taken to keep Love Match safe. Send all complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org Please be assured that all reports are kept completely confidential.
Be cautious of communications that ask you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information. Trust your instinct, if something doesn’t feels right, it probably isn’t right.