Your personal safety should be your top priority and you should always use caution and your best judgment when communicating with, or meeting new people, both online and offline.
– Don’t exchange personal data online. Use an anonymous phone service when you are ready to take your communication to the next step. Wait until you actually meet the person before you share your full name, address, phone number or real email address.
– Trust your instincts and immediately stop communicating with a person who makes you feel uncomfortable.
– Never give financial information such as you social security number, credit card number or bank information to people you just met online. Ignore any request to send money, especially overseas or by wire transfer.
– Don’t be played by a player. Be aware of “red flags” when someone right away asks to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service; claims to be from The U.S. or other English speaking country, but makes many grammatical and/or spelling errors; asks you for money; or claims they love you right away.
– Block and report suspicious members. Your involvement will help keep WCI community safe, fun and enjoyable.
– The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s advice to avoid online scams is available here: http://onguardonline.gov/articles/0004-online-dating-scams
If you are meeting someone for the first time, you should always take precautions such as the following:
– Always meet in a public place at a time when many people are around. Never meet late at night. Don’t go back to your date’s home or bring them back to yours on the first date.
– Drive yourself to and from the first meeting. Use your own transportation, Uber or taxi. Never have the person pick you up from your home or office.
– Inform a friend or family member when and where you’re going. Make sure you have a mobile phone with you.
– Stay sober. If you’re drinking, keep your drink with you at all times.
– Don’t leave your personal belongings unattended.
– Bring extra money with you.
– Your safety is most important. Never worry or feel embarrassed about your behavior.
– Long distance meetings require more careful preparation. If you can’t afford to pay for your own hotel room, you shouldn’t go. Always use a taxi or rental car to get to and from the airport. Make sure your friend or family member knows the details of your trip.