Being scammed by someone online sucks, especially when you’re just trying to find love. Romance scammers are not only super annoying but they’re also a pretty big problem in today’s world. According to the Federal Trade Commission, romance scams cause higher losses than any other type of scam in the U.S.
At Plenty of Fish, safety comes first. We want you to have a positive, fun, and safe experience when meeting and messaging other people. As a dating app, we have a lot of experience with online dating so we’re gonna share some tips with you on how to date safely.
Take it slow.
Take your time. If they’re rushing you or making you feel uncomfortable they’re a walking red flag. Trust your instincts. Plenty of Fish lets you block anyone that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Stay on the app.
Try to stay on the app as long as possible. Scammers usually try to rush you to another platform.
Use the in-app safety tools.
Plenty of Fish has features like Selfie verification, Garbo and video chats that can help you confirm their identity. Make sure you know who you’re going on a date with. Keep your eyes open for any red flags.
Keep your guard up.
Common sense isn’t always that common. Scammers usually don’t just come out and ask for your money. Some of them will spend months trying to get to know you and earn your trust. Don’t let your guard down just because you have been talking for a while.
Don’t send money to someone you don’t know.
Never send money to someone you’ve only met online. Not for any reason. Ever. If anyone is asking for money at any point it’s probably a scam. Even if they say it’s urgent, like a medical emergency.
Be a snitch.
Don’t worry you won’t get any stitches for being a snitch. If anything you’ll be saving others from being scammed. If anyone’s asking for money, it’s probably a scam so report them right away through the app. Our safety teams will see it and take care of it. So you can go back to swiping.
We’ve got your back.
Plenty of Fish got your back, we have safety guides for online and IRL dating to make sure you have a safe experience. Don’t hesitate to report any suspicious or inappropriate behavior. If you need help our Trust and Safety and Support teams are here to help.