Here at Wapendo.com, our mission is to create more everlasting love in the world, and as part of this one of our key priorities is keeping our members safe on their journey.
Wapendo works hard to deliver you the best matches possible however as with anyone you meet whether that is online or offline it is important to use your judgment and instincts to protect yourself from someone you are just getting to know.
Safety Tips when meeting someone online
Trust your judgement
You cannot put a value on intuition and usually when something doesn’t feel right it usually isn’t. Assessing a match’s truthfulness and honesty is ultimately your responsibility. Don’t ignore any facts that seem inconsistent or “off.” Trust your instincts and remember that you have control over the situation.
We ask you to exercise caution when someone you notice the following no matter how attracted you feel you are to the person you are chatting with. Where necessary BLOCK the person – we have put a BLOCK button in the members panel just to help you do that;
- Immediate requests to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service we provide
- Asks for money, goods or any similar type of assistance, especially if you have never met in person
- Wants the relationship to progress faster than you are comfortable going
- Reports a sudden personal crisis and pressures you to provide financial assistance. Be especially wary if the person’s demands become increasingly aggressive
- Asks inappropriate questions – dating online is a fun experience and you should always feel comfortable
Never send someone money
These all sound so obvious when you’re reading them, however we all make mistakes and we all know how easy it is to get caught up in the moment. Especially if you have been talking with someone for a long time and built what feels like a connection, after all – any good person would want to help a friend in need. However it is vital that you use “Your Brains Instead of Your Heart” approach to online dating – never send anyone money through a dating site.
Be cautious sending personal information
When you’re getting to know a match, sometimes you talk about things you wouldn’t with your friends. However, there are certain pieces of information you should never share with someone. Whilst you might think it’s obvious not to share your bank details, credit card numbers, driver’s license details or passport number, other details – like your home or work address, your mother’s maiden name or the name of your first pet can be just as useful information to scammers.
Don’t keep it online forever
There are lots of reasons why this is important. Firstly, it will stop you forming unrealistic expectations of your date, and allow you to work out if there is a spark in real life. Secondly, where online fraud is concerned, a scammer is unlikely to meet with you in real life. If someone repeatedly makes excuses why he or she cannot meet up with you, be cautious. If someone seems too good to be true, they may well be. Call them and ask to meet up. You’ll win either way – either driving a scammer away, or meeting someone who turns out to be just as amazing as their profile suggested!
Keep your mobile number safe
At Wapendo, our focus is on keeping you safe and keeping your love life private – which is why you can’t just have some information in your profiles.
We put you in the driving seat when it comes to your search for love, giving you safe and easy ways to get to know your matches better with features such as One to One chat, Instant Messenger and email.
All the above communication channels provide a confidential and anonymous way to chat with your matches. It’s clever stuff.
Report anyone behaving suspiciously
Never be afraid to report someone if you think they are behaving strangely. If you feel uncomfortable, or even remotely suspicious, block the user from accessing your profile and contact our Trust & Safety team straight away email@example.com – we’re here for you.