Dating Safety Tips

The team at EastMeetEast cares about your safety and recommends that members follow a few basic tips while dating—both online and offline. Take a few minutes to read the following safety tips to keep your dating experience enjoyable and secure.

As with all dating, online dating requires some good judgment and precautions to ensure your safety. While you are getting to know new people, it’s important to exercise caution and here are some tips that we recommend you keep in mind as you start communicating on the site and meeting new people.

Trust your Gut

Don’t forget that while most users in our community are trustworthy and genuine, it is very easy for people to misrepresent themselves online. If you sense that something is “off” when communicating with other users, don’t ignore it. If you are conversing online, end the conversation or hide them. If you meet someone in person and feel uncomfortable, leave.

Beware of scams

Although scams are rare, you should know how to recognize the warning signs:

  • A declaration of love from an early stage in the relationship. If someone seems too good to be true, they probably are.
  • Requests for money or financial assistance.
  • Avoiding giving basic details but asking you a lot of questions about your own situation
  • Not wanting to meet in person. If your relationship doesn't lead to a meeting, consider ceasing contact.

Keep communications on the site

We highly recommend that you stay within the site to build up relationships over time, rather than giving out your phone number, email address or any other personal contact details to matches. Not until you feel confident and comfortable conversing with your match should you take the communications off the EastMeetEast website. Bearing that in mind, there are certainly details you should NEVER disclose to matches, including:

  • Your credit card number or bank information.
  • Your Social Security Number, mother's maiden name, or other private information that can be used to access your financial information.
  • And never send money to someone you meet online, especially by wire transfer.

Protect your Account

When accessing your account from a public or shared computer, use caution and be aware of your surroundings so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information.

Be Honest

Research has shown that fuller profiles and more photos lead to more communication and better dates. Be honest about yourself and what you're looking for in a partner and you'll have a better chance of meeting someone who's right for you. Pick a photo that clearly shows your face and reflects how you actually look now (not more than two or three years ago).

Do Your Own Research

Please be aware that EastMeetEast does not conduct screening and therefore it is important that you do your own research. We strongly recommend that you follow the rest of the Safety Tips because when it comes to your personal safety, you are in complete control.

Regardless of the connection you feel with any of your matches, we encourage you to do your own research before meeting in person. This can include typing your match's name into a search engine, contacting your state or local municipalities to obtain public information, or using a paid service to obtain a full background report. Above all else, use common sense. Pay attention to the details someone shares with you. If you find anything that doesn't seem to add up, follow your intuition and stop communicating with that person.


Be Safe on Dates

Be sure to choose the venue for your first dates wisely. A public place where you feel comfortable and secure is ideal. For example, coffee shops can be great locations for dates because the meeting can be shorter or longer depending on how you feel.

Never agree to be picked up at your home, and always make sure you have transportation arranged to and from the date. Tell at least one friend or family member who you are meeting, where you are going and what time you expect to return. Let your date know that the meeting is not a secret and that others are aware of where you are going.

Stay sober as drinking too much could impair your ability to make good decisions. Keep your drink and personal belongings within sight at all times, and always take your mobile phone with you.

Never go home with someone after a first date. You have not spent enough time with them to fully assess if your safety is at risk.

Long Distance Meetings

Long distance meetings pose special safety concerns to take into account. Keep these tips in mind.

  • Stay in a hotel. DO NOT stay in the other person’s home. If you can’t afford a hotel, don’t go.
  • Use a taxi or rental car to get to and from the airport. If the person you’re meeting volunteers to pick you up from the airport, you should never enter a personal vehicle with someone you’ve never met.
  • Do not reveal your hotel location. The person you’re meeting should respect your privacy until you know each other.
  • Keep your family and friends posted on your whereabouts. Tell someone who you are meeting, where you are going and when you will return.

Report suspicious activity

If you notice a suspicious profile, message, or any other kind suspicious activity, report the user to us by clicking the Report button on his/her profile or the message.