When you start dating online, it is a good time to think about how to keep safe and meet and interact with new people online safely.

Australian Dating Site do not provide background checks on our members and though we take certain precautions to protect our members, ultimately, your online and offline dating safety is your responsibility and should be your highest priority.

We have outlined a few tips and sensible practices to help you look for a meaningful relationship.

Creating Your Profile and ID. Always protect your identity and personal information

• Always protect Your Password and Login details. Use caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others cannot view or logins and your password or any personal information.

• Be Anonymous. Never include your last name or any other identifying information such as your place of work or address in your profile or initial contacts. Keep those private.

• Do not Use Contact Information. Never include your contact information such as your email address, home address, or phone number in your profile or initial contact. Keep those private. Interacting Online. Get to know people and calculate your relationships

• When interacting through dating sites proceed with caution and learn more about someone and size up the relationship before contacting with them outside of Australian Dating Site either on the phone, through your email or social media. Also, consider using an different email address for interacting with them outside of Australian Dating Site.

• Do not Rush Things Sometimes when you are excited about getting to know someone new, your reactions can be confused with strong feelings. So do not rush things and get to get to know the person before sharing your personal information.

• Research for yourself . Do not get complacent because you are on a dating site. Do some research yourself to learn more about the person you are interacting with and make educated decisions before you agree to meet up in person. Check to see if the person you are interacting with is on other social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Do your own web search to see if there are other records of the person online, and use government resources that are available some might are paid search services.

AUSTRALIAN DATING SITE DO NOT ROUTINELY SCREEN OUR MEMBERS. INQUIRE INTO THE BACKGROUND OF OUR MEMBERS, ATTEMPT TO VERIFY INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OUR MEMBERS, OR CONDUCT CRIMINAL SCREENINGS OF OUR MEMBERS.

• No not send money There should never be a reason for anyone to ask you for money or your financial banking information. Always keep your bank and account information private and do not share with anyone.

• Report Suspicious Behavior. Use common sense and report suspicious members along inappropriate behaviour and anyone misusing the Terms and Conditions. Make sure you report abuse and block the offending member.

Meeting The Person.

Be aware and tell people where you are going. Have an action plan and follow your own procedures. Going on a date with someone you just met is exciting, but continue being careful and play it safe. When meeting someone in person for the first time, take precautions and consider these ALWAYS and NEVER dating tips.

ALWAYS

• Always tell your friends or family members know where you're going and when you'll be home

• Always meet in a public place where there are lots of people around like a café or restaurant

• Always use your own transportation to get to and from the date. Do not get them to pick you up

• Always keep your purse or wallet, mobile phone, and personal items with you at all times. Leave sensitive information at home, like your passport and birth certificate

• Always leave at any time you feel uncomfortable and have a backup plan

• Always bring your mobile phone with you and make sure it is charged fully before you leave home

• Always arrange to contact a friend when the date is over or if you feel unsafe at any time

NEVER

• Never go on a date without telling friends or family where you are going

• Never get to intoxicated and become unaware of your surroundings

• Never meet in an isolated area or at someone’s house

• Never let your date to pick you up at your home or place of work on the first date

• Never leave your drink or personal items unattended

• Never feel pressured to do anything you do not want to do or stay where you do not want to

• Never go to a place where you are unable contact anyone or have mobile reception

• Never come home alone without telling your friends or family

Uncovering and Identifying internet dating scammers.

Make sure you report any suspicious behaviour straight away. Do Not forget that people are not always what they appear to be. If you are suspicious that the person you are talking to may be an internet dating scammer, stop all your interactions immediately and use the report abuse function.

Some of common scammer behaviours to report immediately are:

• Asking you for money or banking details. This includes travel tickets and medical expenses.

• Connecting with you from another country or claiming to be from your country but stuck in a foreign country.

• Not wanting to meet in person or talk on the telephone.

• Showing and expressing love to you right away or pushing for a serious relationship without getting to know you or meeting in person first

• Pressuring you for your phone number, email, or other personal or financial information right away

• Requesting you to interact through a different site other than Australian Dating Site soon after meeting (e.g. texting, telephone calls, using another site or social media.) • When the person often repeats themselves and says the same things or seeming aloft from interactions

• Diverting from your questions without giving you answers, or replying to your messages that are off topic.

• The person is trying to sell you products or services.

• They might offer you a job or business opportunity.

•Getting you to go to other websites or a pornographic websites.

These are just a few things to keep in mind and remain safe when dating online.

For further information about online dating safety.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0004-online-dating-scams

https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/dating-romance

Keep safe and happy dating

Australian Dating Site Team