Good Advice Safety Tips to Follow

Presented by VegIntros.com

As an service online dating and meeting service for VegIntros.com we would like to help you to find love or business meetings in a fun environment. However, there are certain steps that every person should follow while meeting – both online and offline.

Take a few minutes to read the following safety tips to keep your meeting experience enjoyable and secure.

Fraud/Scam Awareness


Make sure to follow these guidelines at all times when meeting new people online:

  • DO NOT ever send money to someone you meet online, especially by wire transfer.  Keep in mind that wiring money is like sending cash: the sender has no protections against loss.  Scammers and con artists often insist that people wire money, especially overseas, because it's nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money. Do not wire money to strangers or to someone who claims to be in an emergency. Do not give out your credit card number or bank info.
  • Do not share your personal info, such as your social security number, address, phone number, etc.

Watch for these red flags from people that could indicate you are dealing with a scammer:

  • Quickly asks to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service
  • Vanishes mysteriously from the site, then reappears under a different name
  • Talks about "destiny" or "fate"
  • Claims to be recently widowed
  • Asks for your address under the guise of sending flowers or gifts
  • Makes an inordinate amount of grammar and/or spelling errors
  • Claims to be from U.S. but currently traveling, living or working abroad
  • Ever asks you for money

Report any suspicious activity or behavior
Contact us if you spot suspicious activity or behavior. It is better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your money or personal safety.  Also, you can block and report concerns or terms of use violations from any profile page or from your message.

Practical Tips for Dating Online and Offline

There is no substitute for acting with caution when communicating with any stranger who wants to meet you.  You are in control of your online dating experience at all times – remain anonymous until you feel ready.

Guard your identity. Do not share your full name, personal phone numbers, email address, home address, place of work, or any other identifying information while chatting or messaging on the site until you have established a reasonable level of trust with the other party.  Remember, someone who is capable of committing identity theft can falsify a profile.  NEVER post personal contact information in your profile or username.

  • Protect your online access information.  Use caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information.  If you share your computer with others, consider disabling your auto-sign in feature if you have linked an auto log-in program or feature to your VegIntros.com account.
  • Remain anonymous until you feel comfortable. Take advantage of the onsite email feature that protects your identity until YOU choose to reveal it.
  • Use a third-party, anonymous email address. As an added safety measure it is always best to use a third party email address for dating purposes.  Have your VegIntros.com emails sent there instead of a personal address.
  • Trust your instincts.  If you feel unsafe or threatened, cease communication immediately and report any misbehavior immediately.  Proceed with caution if someone pledges undying love after a few online conversations or first meeting in person.
  • Get to know the other person online before meeting them offline.  Use the tools available through VegIntros.com that protect your anonymity to get to know someone before meeting them in person. Get as many details about the person as possible by using sources such as internet searches, governmental resources and databases or paying for a background check.  However, you should not fully rely on the accuracy of background check results because they are not foolproof.  This is one reason why VegIntros.com does not perform background checks on its members.
  • Avoid people who do not give you straight answers.  End communication with someone who talks in circles and/or seems uncomfortable when you ask them questions.  If someone speaks in hushed tones or "has to go" all of a sudden, it may indicate the person is not single, or has something else to hide.  Be wary of someone who is vague, will not answer direct questions or can only meet at odd hours.
  • Block abusive users.  Block any member who behaves or treats you in an abusive way and report the behavior to VegIntros.com immediately.  Stop communicating immediately with anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information.  You can block and report concerns or terms of use violations from any profile page or from your message.

Examples of terms of use violations include:

  • Married people or minors using the service for dating.
  • Members sending harassing or offensive emails.
  • Members behaving inappropriately after meeting in person.
  • Criminals or other "shady" characters using the service.
  • Fraudulent registration or profiles.
  • Spam or solicitation*
  • Copyright infringement.
  • Members asking you for money or donations.
  • Any other violation of VegIntros.com's policies.

*Our Terms of Use strictly prohibit the use of this service for the purpose of solicitation.  Please notify us immediately if another member sends you links to a pay-to-view site or includes instructions about how to call a 1-900 number.  Also, immediately report any invitations to join other singles sites, emails about modeling opportunities or attempts to sell any merchandise or service.

Safety Tips for Meeting Offline

First meetings are exciting, and normally are perfectly safe.  However, always take precautions and use the following guidelines.

  • Always meet in public.  Meet for the first time in a populated, public location – never in a private or remote location.
  • Tell a friend.  Inform a friend or family member of your plans and when and where you are going.  If you own a mobile phone, make sure you have it with you.
  • Stay sober.  Do not do anything that would impair your judgment and cause you to make a decision you could regret.
  • Drive yourself to and from the first meeting.  Just in case things do not work out, you need to be in control of your own ride – even if you take a taxi.
  • Do not leave personal items unattended.  You do not want to risk having personal information stolen. If you are drinking, keep your drink with you at all times so it can not be tampered with.
  • Stay in a public place.  It is best not to go back to your date's home or bring them back to yours on the first date.  If your date pressures you, end the date and leave at once.
  • The type of person you want to have a relationship with is the type of person who wants you to feel safe and secure.

Long Distance Meetings – 5 Safety Suggestions

Long distance meetings pose special safety concerns to take into account.  Keep these tips in mind.

  • Stay in a hotel.  If you can not afford a hotel, do not go.  DO NOT stay in the other person's home.
  • Use a taxi or rental car to get to and from the airport.  Even if the person you are meeting volunteers to pick you up from the airport, do not get into a personal vehicle with someone you have never met.
  • Keep your hotel location confidential.  The person you are meeting should respect your privacy until you know each other.
  • Keep your valuables in the hotel safe.  Do not take valuable items with you when meeting someone for the first time.
  • Remember to keep your family and friends posted.  Do tell someone who you are meeting, where you are going and when you will return.

 



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