ONLINE DATING SAFETY TIPS
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ONLINE DATING SAFETY TIPS

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Creating Your Profile

Protect your identity and personal information

  • Be Anonymous

    Don't include your last name or any other identifying information such as your place of work in your profile or initial communications.

  • Don't Use Contact Information

    Don't include your contact information such as your email address, home address, or phone number in your profile or initial communications.

  • Protect Your Password

    Use caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others can't view or record your password or personal information.

Connecting Online

Get to know people and evaluate your relationships

  • Communicate through 123DATINGO

    Act with caution and learn more about someone and evaluate the relationship before contacting him or her outside of 123DATINGO on the phone or through your personal email or social media accounts. Also, consider using an anonymous email address for contacting people outside of 123DATINGO.

  • Take Your Time

    Sometimes when you're excited about someone, your instincts can be confused by strong feelings. Take your time to get to know someone before sharing your full identity or personal information.

  • Do Your Own Research

    Don't get a false sense of security because you're on a dating site; do your own research to learn more about someone and make informed decisions before you meet. Check to see if the person you're interested in is on other social networking sites like Facebook, do a web search to see if there are other records of the person online, and use government resources that are publicly available and paid services. 123DATINGO DOES NOT ROUTINELY SCREEN OUR MEMBERS, INQUIRE INTO THE BACKGROUND OF OUR MEMBERS, ATTEMPT TO VERIFY INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OUR MEMBERS, OR CONDUCT CRIMINAL SCREENINGS OF OUR MEMBERS.

  • Never Send Money

    There is no reason for anyone to ask you for money or your financial information. Always keep your bank and account information private.

  • Report Suspicious Behavior

    Use sound judgment and report " suspicious members and anyone you see violating 123DTINGO's Terms of Use. To report a member, send his profile link and a picture or explanaition on why we should block him to ABUSE@123DATINGO.COM .

Meeting In-Person

Be smart and take precautions

Going on a date with someone new is an exciting step in a relationship, but continue being careful. When meeting someone in person for the first time, take precautions and consider these dos and don'ts.

DO

  • Let friends or family members know where you're going and when you'll be home
  • Meet in a public place with lots of people around
  • Use your own transportation to get to and from the date
  • Watch your alcohol intake
  • Keep your wallet, phone, and personal items with you
  • Leave at any time you feel uncomfortable
  • Bring your cell phone with you
  • Arrange to contact a friend when the date is over

DON'T

  • Go on your date without telling anyone
  • Meet somewhere isolated or at your or someone else's home
  • Allow your date to pick you up at your home or place of work
  • Leave your drink unattended
  • Leave your personal items unattended
  • Feel pressured to stay or do anything
  • Go to a place where you can't contact anyone
  • Return from your date alone, without telling anyone

Identifying scammers

Report suspicious behavior right away

Remember that people aren't always what they seem. If you suspect that someone you're talking to may be a scammer, stop your communications and immediately report him or her. To report and block a member, visit his or her profile and select the grey arrow or "..." button.

A few examples of common scammer behaviors to report immediately include:

  • asking you for money or financial information—especially to help pay for travel expenses or medical bills
  • contacting you from another country (or claiming to be from your country but stuck in a foreign country)
  • refusing to meet in person or talk on the phone
  • claiming to love you right away or pushing for a serious relationship without getting to know you or meeting in person first
  • pressuring you for your phone number, email, or other personal or financial information right away
  • asking to communicate through a channel other than 123DATINGO right away (e.g., texting, calling, using another site, etc.)
  • often repeating things or seeming disconnected from communications
  • dodging your questions without providing answers, or replies to your messages seem off-topic, trying to sell you products or services
  • offering you a job opportunity
  • directing you to other websites or a pornographic site

Learn more

To learn more details about ways to help you stay safe while dating online visit the Federal Trade Commission's Online Dating Scams site at https://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0004-online-dating-scams.

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