Like most online dating platforms, Facebook dating has its rules and regulations guiding it’s does and don’ts for every user. Therefore, Facebook dating has developed safety guidelines to help protect users’ privacy, finances, and overall life.
Online Meeting Facebook Dating Safety Guidelines
When you meet a stranger online it is best to share your information carefully. Don’t share details that are extremely personal to you with strangers. Like your surname, email address, home address, phone number, work address, financial information, and the likes on your dating profile or chats with matches.
If a person asks for this kind of information, whether personal or private. Or could affect your safety and security, you have the right to report and block the person. Facebook will not let them know you reported them so you are safe.
Beware of Scams
Scammers may try to use fake or hacked accounts to trick you into giving them money or revealing personal information that may cause you harm. If you receive a message, you feel is a scam, you are to report the account instead of replying.
With that, you should know there are ways to identify a potential scammer before you get tricked. Some of the signs include:
- The person is asking you to leave Facebook immediately and chat with their email address or a different messaging app.
- Claims they’re in love with you very quickly.
- Makes plans to visit you but cancels.
- Asks to send money, gifts, or gift cards.
Scammers can ask for money for anything. Some of the things they ask for are money for transportation, medical emergencies, hotel bills, hospital bills, or visas. Always remember anyone requesting financial assistance is most likely a scammer.
Never Send Money
Scammers will always look for normal ways to get you to send them money. The best way to get rid of them is to not respond once you start to feel they are suspicious. Never wire out money or even make donations.
Now you begin to feel pressured. If you think you’ve already sent money to a scammer, contact your bank and law enforcement immediately and report anyone who asks you to send money.
In-Person Meeting Facebook Dating Safety Guidelines
Take your time (don’t rush anything)
There are fake people anywhere. People who think they know who they are and how to represent themselves and people who do know who they are and how to represent themselves.
Some people misrepresent themselves on purpose so they can trick others to cause them harassment or harm. Before you meet up in person with a date/ match make sure to do extensive research on the person beforehand.
Try your best to get the right kind of idea of who you are as a person to avoid trouble. Never try to talk with them outside of Facebook dating. Your chats can only be binding within those walls.
Tips to Stay Safe on Facebook Dating
Here are some suggestions (directly from Facebook dating) to help you stay safe when you do decide to meet your date/match in person:
1. Tell somebody about your plans:
Always make sure to tell a trusted friend or family member about your plans to meet your date. They should be completely aware of the location and when exactly you should return home.
Give them a timeframe so they can keep watch for you. If it is possible, ask your date to consider making it a double date or something group-related so you can feel safer.
2. Share your location:
When you’re out whether in a group or not, try to put on your GPS locator and share it with a trusted friend or family member.
3. Meet and stay in public:
Make sure you’re meeting and having your date in a public space with eyes to see and don’t leave the public eye from the beginning to the end of your date.
4. Familiarize yourself with the meeting spot:
If it’s possible, go to the place of your meeting before you meet with them to ensure your safety.
5. Monitor alcohol or substance consumption:
Alcohol and other substance can affect behavior. Always make sure to never consume too much and know your limit. Stay aware of your surroundings 24/7 and never for any reason drop your drink. If at all you would drop it
6. Make sure your Mobile Phone is well charged:
Make sure your phone is fully charged in case of an emergency.
7. Hold your Transportation Fee:
Never let them pick you up or drive you off. Have control over your movements and the start and end of the date.
8. Share Personal Information Carefully:
Never feel the obligation to reveal your home address or work address on the date. Any information you don’t feel like sharing you are free to keep to yourself.
If you do not feel comfortable or Safe?
- Never let yourself feel the pressure to tell your secrets, especially to a stranger. If you or someone you know is the victim of a crime or is in immediate danger, call law enforcement immediately for help.
In the case that you feel Pressured or Uncomfortable during the Date you can:
- End the date and go home with the transportation you arranged.
- Block anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Report anyone suspicious.
Keep all these safety guidelines put in place for you in mind and have a good time on your date.