Hopefully you’ll find these guidelines helpful but in the end if it feels uncomfortable then think again.
- Don’t reveal too many personal details about yourself early on in a relationship. We do not advise handing over your personal address, email address, facebook details, place of work or mobile number unless you are very sure about the person. Set up a temporary email address at gmail or hotmail so that you can contact someone and stay risk free.
- NEVER invite someone you have not met before to your home.
- If you are meeting someone for a date, let a friend know where you are going and who you are meeting. They can then check with you as to your whereabouts if needs be. Arrange your own transport to and from the date. Take a mobile phone with you.
- Be careful where you choose to meet for the first time. Meet at least once, for a coffee perhaps, in a mutually convenient venue before meeting in a place where you will be alone with your date.
- NEVER have too much alcohol to drink whilst on the date and keep an eye on your drink at all times.
- When logging into your Meetup account ALWAYS use a secure network. Keep all your passwords safe and do not disclose them to anyone. NEVER use the same word for your Username and Password. Make sure you DO NOT use common passwords, use a strong password consisting of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and other keyboard symbols such as & * £ % etc. Ensure your ANTI-VIRUS software is up to date and working to guard against malware.
- NEVER post your email address or contact details on your profile or on the comment box or blog.
- Beware scammers: Whilst Scammers are extremely rare, if you do receive a spam or scam message, please report it to one of the group’s organisers and we will deal with it. You should also report any spam to Meetup.com
Report any members to an organiser if you feel they are not genuine or have acted in a way that you feel is inappropriate. We can and will block them!