Facebook Dating Safety Tips – Don’t include your last name, financial information, email, home address, phone number, place of work, or any other identifying information in your Facebook Dating profile or chat messages with someone. Report and block anyone who asks you to share this kind of personal information or anyone who you feel is suspicious. We won’t let the person know who reported them.
Watch out for Scams
Scammers may use fake or compromised accounts to trick you into giving them money or personal information. If you’ve received a message that you believe is a scam, you should not reply to them and report the person to Facebook. Some common warning signs are when a scammer:
Wants to leave Facebook Dating immediately and use personal email or IM to chat.
Claims to be in love very quickly to persuade you to talk with them.
Plans to visit, but claims that something bad happened and plans get cancelled.
Scammers may try to get you to wire money or send gifts. They might ask for money to cover travel, medical emergencies, hotel bills, hospital bills or visas. Any online love interest that asks for money is likely a scammer. Learn more about keeping your account secure and other common scams.
Don’t Send Money
Never respond to any requests to send money, wire transfer money or make a donation. Contact your bank and local law enforcement right away if you think you’ve sent money to a scammer, and report anyone who asks you to send money.
Getting to Know Someone
People may misrepresent themselves and their intentions in their Facebook Dating profile, including their gender or sexual orientation. This could lead to harassment or harm if you decide to meet them in person. Keep your communications on Facebook Dating, do your research and really get to know the other person before you meet for the first time.
Staying Safe When Meeting in Person
Here are some suggestions to help you stay safe:
Tell someone about your plans
Tell a trusted friend or family member about your plans before going out, as well as when you expect to be back home.
Meet and stay in public
When meeting someone for the first time, meet in a public place where other people are around.
Monitor any alcohol or substance consumption
Alcohol and other substances can affect your behavior, so be aware of what you consume and always keep your glass in hand or in sight.
Make sure your mobile phone is charged
Keep your mobile phone fully charged and with you in case of an emergency.
Arrange your own transportation
Arrange your own transportation to and from an in-person meeting to make sure you have control over when you arrive and leave.
If you Feel Uncomfortable or Unsafe
If you or someone you know is the victim of a crime or is in immediate danger, contact your local law enforcement for help. If you ever feel pressured or uncomfortable, you can:
End the date and arrange your own transportation home.
Block anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable.
Report anyone you think is suspicious.