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Help with using Cupid.com: Tips on secure dating

We strive to make online dating enjoyable for all our members. We make every effort to maintain a high level of privacy and security on our website. While the vast majority of people can be trusted, you must be aware of predators, scammers and online liars. There have been cases where online dating services have been used for the wrong purposes. Some users who join the site aren't looking for dates. Instead, they may use your personal details to send unwanted advertisements or ask for money (this is known as a scam). To protect you from undesirable contacts we have compiled a list of tips below to help you be on the safe side.

Trust Your Instincts. Our instincts are always trying to tell us something. Learn to trust them. Too many of us don't trust our instincts and ignore them, sometimes to our own detriment. If at any point you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, walk away for your own safety and protection. Watch out for anyone who seems too good to be true. Begin by communicating solely via this dating site and look out for odd behavior or inconsistencies in their profile, conversation or actions. The person at the other end may not be who or what he or she claims to be.

Don't Provide Personal Information Too Soon. Never give out your full name, home address, telephone number or any other sensitive personal information unless you know who you're dealing with. Armed with just your home phone number, a person can easily gain access to your income information, home address, and even learn the value of your home. This website works using an anonymous email and chat system where none of your online personal information is made available to other members. Make sure you send and receive emails via our onsite email system. Take your time in getting to know people better and develop a trusting relationship.

Be cautious. Never let your guard down. Some people take advantage of those looking for dating fun by befriending and trying to scam them. These scams range from illegal advertisements, to redirection to other websites where you have to pay, to asking for credit card details or money. Be cautious of members whose profiles state that they are from one country but the person tells you they are from another. Most commonly, the female dating site scammer will describe herself as "god fearing, real, honest, sincere, loving, genuine". If you believe the person contacting you is displaying any of the behavior listed above and looks too good to be true, ignore them and DO report them to us straight away using our scammer reporting option. Make sure you know how to save copies of your online dating conversations.

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