We want you to have a safe dating experience, that's why we've put together tips to make sure you know the ins and outs of online dating safety.
Now is the best time to consider what you want from a relationship and how to safely meet new people online. While the majority of singles out there are good individuals it's still important to proceed with caution.
DateMyFriend doesn't provide background checks on our members or subscribers and whilst we do take steps to protect our members, ultimately your online and offline safety is your responsibility. Safety should be a top priority for you so use these tips and common sense to help make sure your dating experience is safe, comfortable and fun. With our tips you can steer towards a brilliant relationship!
Creating Your Profile
It's important you protect your identity and personal information until you choose to give it out. We recommend you:
Protect your password: Lots of us use our technology in cafes or public places or log into sites from public or shared computers. Use caution when you are accessing your account so others can't view or record your password or personal information. Always make sure you log out of public computers.
Don't share your contact information: It's essential you don't use your home address, email address or contact details in your profile (that's visible) or in initial communications. Once you have spent some time getting to know someone through the site and you feel comfortable that they're genuine, by all means get in touch.
Be anonymous: Don't include your last name, place or work, or any other information that could help to identify you in your initial communications or profile.
Getting to know people can be exicting, but take you time. If they're in it for the same reasons your are then what's another couple of the weeks if it mean you have a better feel for that person before you meet them?
Don't get a false sense of security because you're on a dating website – act with caution and learn more about someone before you meet them in person. And remember, sometimes instincts can be confused by feelings so get to know them more before you start to give out more of your personal information. Consider:
It's always exciting meeting someone for the first time but you still need to be cautious. Here are our dos and don'ts:
Most of all, remember to be smart and trust your gut instinct – it will never fail you.
Sometimes online people may not be who they say they are.
It's unfortunate but in this day and age there are scammers out there. It's estimated that scammers are reeling in an astounding $15billion per year from American, Canadian, European and Australian victims. Whilst DateMyFriend have measures in place to protect you, there are some very sophisticated scammers lurking so if your gut tells you something isn't right, block them and report suspicious behaviour immediately.
Some warning signs to look for :
There are many stories you can find on the internet about situations where scammers have been successful. Have a read so you know what to look out for. We are becoming more aware of what scammers get up to and how they approach each scam, so whilst you may want to play along once you are onto them and show them they won't get you, resist the temptation to play with them. Remember they know who you are and have had access to you through your online contact, emails etc so if you do something they don't like, scammers have been known to send through viruses to computers that ruin them. Remember this is not a game to them, it's how they make their money and this could end up being a costly mistake for you.
If you encounter any suspicious or anti-social behaviour on DateMyFriend then please report it to us by emailing us directly at
Don't ever send any money to someone you meet online and always keep your bank account information private. There's no reason anyone should ask about your financial information or for money. You can block and report a member by visiting their page and selecting TBC.
DateMyFriend is only interested in genuine individuals and not those who demonstrate antisocial behaviour. If you come across someone like that please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll investigate his or her behaviour further.