Meeting people online can be fun and rewarding, but you need to take a few precautions to prevent yourself from being victimized by the few dangerous individuals out there. The following tips will help.
SHARING PERSONAL INFORMATION
Always be cautious when communicating with anyone on line that you haven't personally met, either on seekBromance or elsewhere. In particular, you should:
Never include your last name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, place of work, or any other identifying information on your bro-file or initial emails.
Not share any of the above information until after you have communicated with the user for a while and you are completely comfortable.
Stop communicating with anyone who tries to pressure you or trick you into providing your personal or financial information.
Use an anonymous third-party email address for meeting new people.
Trust your instincts: stop communicating with anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable or anxious.
Remember that anyone who is able to commit identity theft can also falsify a bro-file.
DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH
seekBromance does not screen its users or conduct any kind of background checks.
We recommend that you conduct your own research before sharing any personal information with, or meeting, another person. You can do this by searching for the person's name via an Internet search engine, contacting your local municipalities to obtain public information or using a paid service to obtain a full background report. It is important to use common sense and caution with every person you communicate with using our services. If any information a person provides you doesn't make sense, conflicts with other information that was provided or makes you apprehensive, you should end the communication.
MEETING IN PERSON
If you are meeting someone for the first time, you should always take the following precautions.
Always meet in a public place at a time when many people are around.
Use your own transportation to arrive at the meeting. Never have the person pick you up from your home or office.
Tell a friend or family member where you are going, when you will return, and set up a predetermined time to check in with them.
Bring a cell phone with you so you can immediately contact emergency services or a friend for help if necessary.
Stick to nonalcoholic drinks.
Don't leave your personal belongings (mobile phones, laptops, wallets) unattended.
Don't worry about or feel embarrassed by your behavior. Your safety is much more important than someone's opinion of you.
We encourage you to help us fight scammers and inappropriate profiles. If you suspect a user is trying to scam you, we encourage you to stop the communication and report them by sending an email to email@example.com. Most scams involve one or more of the following:
A user asks you for money (this is often in the context of an urgent need such as travel back to their home country, hospital bills, medication, obtaining official documents such as a visa or as a short term loan to recover from a financial setback).
Scammers often refuse to meet face-to-face or talk on the phone. Instead, they would like to send you SMS messages, use your personal email or meet you on a video chat website (other than seekBromance).
A user contacts you from somewhere hundreds or thousands of miles away.
A user tries to sell products or services online or offers you a job opportunity.