Online dating is a great way to meet and 50more takes the security of our members very seriously. We have several systems in place to eliminate fake or malicious profiles. However, there are certain steps that all member should take to ensure that their experiences are positive and secure.
Fraud & Scam Awareness:
DO NOT SEND MONEY – They are likely scammers. Never share your personal or financial information to people you don’t know.
DON’T ever send money to someone you meet online, especially by wire transfer or Western Union. Scammers often insist that people wire money, especially overseas, because it’s virtually impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money. Don’t wire money to strangers or to someone who claims to be in an emergency. Never include your last name, e-mail address, home address, phone #, place of work, or any other identifying information in your profile or initial e-mail messages. Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it.
Please be aware of the following typical scam warning signs:
Beware of fake profiles, fake pictures, requests for money, people claiming to be “out of the country” and in need of financial assistance, hardship stories and stories that simply don’t add up. USE GOOD JUDGEMENT AND COMMON SENSE
Additional Typical Scam Warning Signs:
- Wants to begin chatting off of 50more immediately. Messaging is free so you can really get to know someone before sharing your personal contact information.
- Great photos with vague descriptions
- Odd sounding emails that could be templates
- She’s immediately in love with you (“If it seems too good to be true…”)
- Travel plans and scanned visas
- Quickly asks to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service
- Vanishes mysteriously from the site, then reappears under a different name
- Talks about “destiny” or “fate”
- Recently widowed
- Makes an inordinate amount of grammar and/or spelling errors or an “off” or “odd” tone
- Claims to be from U.S. but currently traveling, living or working abroad
- Stuck in another country due to visa problem or family emergency
- Asks you for money
- Foreign profiles are more likely to be scams trying to part you from your money, especially Nigerian, Eastern European and Philippine profiles. Nigerian advance-fee fraud has been around for many years, but has lately been on the rise. These scammers politely promise tons of money in exchange for help moving large sums of money out of their country. There are legitimate dating matches out there in these countries, but you need to be extra-careful and investigate the person you are looking to date. Requests for money = you’re being scammed!
Meeting In Person:
There is no substitute for acting with caution when communicating with any stranger who wants to meet you. Members should get to know a potential date well before agreeing to meet. Initial meetings should use common sense, such as meeting in a public place or including being with a friend. If you choose to have a face-to-face meeting with another member, always tell someone in your family or a friend where you are going and when you will return. Never agree to be picked up at your home. Always provide your own transportation to and from your date and meet in a public place with many people around. Be careful, don’t believe everything you hear.
Use Common Sense: If you’re uncomfortable on a date for any reason, just get up and walk out.
We take security very seriously and ask that our members report any suspicious activity they encounter.