Facebook Dating Safety Guidelines

When using Facebook Dating, there are a few things you can do to help keep yourself and the Facebook community safe. Keep in mind that you are the best judge of your own safety, and these guidelines aren’t meant to take the place of your own judgment. When dealing with strangers who want to meet you, always be cautious. Bear in mind that anyone on Dating will see your Dating profile.

Share Carefully:

  • Maintain the secrecy of your personal details. In your Dating profile or chat messages, don’t include your last name, username, home address, phone number, work address, financial details, or any other identifying information.
  • Someone who asks you to share this type of personal information, information that could jeopardize your privacy, safety, or security, or anyone you suspect, should be recorded and blocked. We will not tell the individual that you have reported them.

Watch Out for Scams:

Scammers can try to trick you into giving them money or personal information by using fake or compromised accounts. If you receive a message that you think is a scam, instead of answering, report the sender to Facebook.

The following are some common warning signs of a scammer:

  • Wants to leave Facebook Dating right away and connect through personal email or a messaging app.
  • To convince you to speak with them, they easily claim to be in love.
  • Plans to travel, but something bad happens and plans are cancelled.
  • You are asked to wire money, send presents, or send gift cards.

Scammers can request funds to cover travel expenses, medical emergencies, hotel bills, hospital bills, or visas. Any online love interest who asks for money is most likely a con artist. Learn how to keep your account safe and avoid other common scams.

Don’t Send Money:

  • Never send money, wire money, or make a donation in response to requests. Avoid engaging with someone who wants to trick or threaten you into sharing financial information.
  • If you suspect you’ve sent money to a scammer, contact your bank and local law enforcement immediately, and report anyone who asks you to send money.

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Meeting in Person:

Take Your Time:

  • In their Facebook Dating profile, people can misrepresent themselves and their intentions, such as their gender or sexual orientation. If you meet them in person, this may result in harassment or hurt.
  • Keep all of your messages on Facebook Dating, do your homework, and get to know the other person before meeting for the first time.

Tips for Staying Safe:

Some suggestions to help you stay safe when meeting your date in person:

  • Tell a trusted friend or family member about your plans: Before going out, always tell a trusted friend or family member about your plans, including the exact location of your date and when you intend to return home. Bring a friend to your first meeting and make it a party or double date.
  • Let others know where you are: When you’re out, share your GPS location with a trusted friend or family member.
  • Meet in a public place with other people: When meeting someone for the first time, meet in a public place with other people.
  • Familiarize yourself with the meeting place: If at all necessary, visit the meeting location in advance.
  • Alcohol and other drugs can influence actions, so be mindful of what you and others drink and keep your glass in hand or sight at all times.
  • Make sure your phone is charged: In case of an emergency, keep your phone fully charged and with you.
  • Make your own transportation arrangements: Always make your own transportation arrangements to and from your date to ensure that you have complete control over your arrival and departure times. Never consent to being picked up at your house.
  • Share personal information with caution: Never feel obliged to disclose identifiable information such as your home address or workplace location.

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If You Feel Uncomfortable or Unsafe:

Contact your local law enforcement for assistance if you or someone you know has been a victim of a crime or is in imminent danger. If you ever feel under pressure or uneasy, you can:

  • Finish the date and make your own plans for going home.
  • Anyone that makes you feel uneasy should be blocked.
  • Anyone you suspect of being suspicious should be reported.

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