It’s exciting to meet new people, but you should always be careful when communicating with someone you don’t know. Use your best appreciation and prioritize your safety when making first messaging or meeting in person. While you cannot control the actions of others, there are things you can do to help you stay safe during your Fifty Match experience.

Online Safety

• Never Send Money or Share Financial Information

Never send money, especially by wire transfer, even if the person claims to be in an emergency. Making a wire transfer is like sending cash – it’s nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or track where the money goes. Never share information that can be used to access your financial accounts. If another user requests money from you, notify us immediately.

• Protect Your Personal Information

Never share your personal information with people you do not know, such as your social security number, home or work address, or details about your daily routine (for example, you go to a particular gym every Monday). If you are a parent, limit the information you share about your children on your profile and in early communication. Avoid sharing details such as your child’s names, where they went to school, their age or gender.

• Stay on the Platform

Keep conversations on the Fifty Match platform while trying to get to know someone. Malicious users often try to immediately move the conversation to SMS, messaging apps, email or phone.

• Pay Attention to Long Distance and Abroad Relations

Beware of scammers who claim to be from your country but are stuck elsewhere, especially if they seek financial assistance to get back home. Be wary of anyone who will not meet in person or talk over a phone / video call — they may not be the person they say. If someone is avoiding answering your questions or is pushing for a serious relationship without meeting or getting to know you before – it’s a sign of danger.

• Report All Suspicious and Disturbing Behavior

You realize when someone crosses the line, and when they do we want to know. Block and report anyone who violates our terms. Here are some examples of violations:

Requests for money or donations

Minors

Messages containing harassment, threats and insults

Inappropriate or harmful behavior during or after a personal meeting

Fake profiles

Spam or solicitation, including links to commercial websites or attempts to sell products or services

You can report your concerns about suspicious behavior from any profile page. For more information, check out our Community Guidelines.

• Protect Your Account

Make sure you choose a strong password and always be careful when logging into your account from a public or public computer. Fifty Match will never send you an email asking for information about your username and password – if you receive an email asking for account information, report it immediately.

Face to Face

•             Do not rush

Before you agree to meet up or chat outside of Fifty Match, take your time and try to get to know the other person. Don’t be afraid to ask questions for any red flags or personal reasons that break the agreement. A phone or video call can be a useful browsing tool before meeting.

• Meet and Stay In Public Places

Meet in a crowded, public place the first few times – never at your home, at the dating person’s home, or any other private place. If the person forces you to go somewhere private, end the appointment.

• Tell Friends and Family About Your Plans

Tell a friend or family member your plans, including when and where you will go. Keep your mobile phone with you at all times and charged.

• Take Control of Your Transportation

We want you to control how to get to and from your meeting so that you can leave whenever you want. If you drive yourself, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan like the ride sharing app or a friend to pick you up.

• Know Your Limits

Be particularly aware of the effects of drugs or alcohol on you — they can disrupt your judgment and alertness. If the person you’re meeting tries to pressure you to use drugs or drink more than you feel like, don’t back down and end the appointment.

• Do Not Leave Drinks or Personal Items Unattended

Know where your drink is coming from and where it is at all times – only accept drinks served directly by the bartender or waiter. Many substances thrown into drinks to facilitate sexual assault are odorless, colorless and tasteless. Also, always have your phone, bag, wallet, and anything containing your personal information with you.

• If You Feel Uncomfortable, Leave

If you’re uncomfortable, it’s okay to end the appointment early. Actually it is encouraged. If your instincts are telling you that something is wrong or you feel insecure, seek help from the bartender or waiter.

LGBTQ + Travel

Be careful when traveling

We recognize and believe in the importance of covering all gender identities and sexual orientations, but the truth is there is no place in the world where there is no potential risk, and in some countries there are specific laws targeting LGBTQ + people.

When you travel to a new place, check the laws there and find out what legal protection you can get, if possible, because of your sexual orientation.

Sexual Health & Approval

• Protect Yourself

Used correctly and consistently, condoms can significantly reduce the transmission and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. However, be aware of sexual venereal diseases such as herpes or HPV that can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. The risk of exposure to some venereal diseases can be reduced by the vaccination method.

• Know Your Situation

Not all venereal diseases show symptoms, and you don’t want to be unaware of your condition. Stay on top of your health and prevent the spread of venereal diseases by getting tested regularly.

• Talk About It

Communication is the most important thing: Talk about sexual health and testing for venereal disease before getting physically close to a partner. And remember – in some places, it is really a crime to knowingly infect a venereal disease. Need help starting the conversation?

•             Consent

All sexual activities must begin with consent and contain constant consent with your partner. Verbal communication can help you and your partner make sure you respect each other’s limits. Consent can be withdrawn at any time, and sex is never owed to anyone. Do not continue if your partner is uncomfortable or unsure, or if your partner is unable to give consent due to the effects of drugs or alcohol.

Sources of Help, Support or Advice

Remember – even if you follow these tips, no risk reduction method is perfect. If you have a negative experience, please remember that it is not your fault and you can get help. Report any Fifty Match incident and consider contacting one of the resources below. If you think you are in immediate danger or need immediate assistance, call 911 (US or Canada) or local law enforcement.

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