Foof Safety Suggestions

We understand that meeting someone for the first time whether online, through an acquaintance or on an outing is intriguing and exciting. However, your safety is very important, and because you are in control of your FOOF experience, there are certain safety steps that you should follow while dating – both online and offline.

We ask you to read the tips and information below, and strongly urge you to follow these guidelines in the interest of your personal safety and well-being. However, you are always the best judge of your own safety, and these guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for your own judgment.

Protect Your Personal and Financial Information

• Never give personal information, such as: your social security number, credit card number or bank information, or your work or home address to people you don’t know or haven’t met in person.

• Report any email asking for your username and password information. Note that FOOF will not send you an e-mail asking for your username and password.

• Ignore any request to send money – even if the person claims to be in an emergency – and report it to us immediately. (This includes overseas and any wire transfers)

• Until you get comfortable with the person, be cautious about sharing your personal information such as your place of work, full name, phone number, email and address. Keep this personal and keep contact information off your FOOF Profile.

• Don’t click on a third-party link message from a person. Be wary of opening ANY email attachments

• Do not share pictures of yourself or others that can be used against you

• Block and report to FOOF any suspicious behavior.

Be Anonymous

Choose a username that doesn’t let anyone know who you are. Don’t include your last name or any other identifying information (eg:where you work)

Don’t create the wrong type of attention with a controversial username (eg: sexy)

Signs of any Suspicious Behavior and Scammers to Avoid

Keep in mind that FOOF does not screen its users, nor does FOOF verify their statements. Be wary and suspicious of a person you meet on FOOF if you encounter any of the following:

• Quickly asks to talk or chat outside of FOOF;

• Asks you for money or donations

• Beware of the sob story (ill family member, recently widowed)

• Anyone offering you money or any get rich quick schemes

• Anyone that looks under the age of 18;

• Quickly disappears then comes back under a different identity;

• Asks for any personal information under the guise of pretending to send a gift or flowers;

• Sends you anything harassing or offensive. This includes threats blackmail and stalking

• Attempts to sell you products or services.

• Declarations of love within a matter of days or weeks.

• Notice if the person seems out of touch or just off; such as not knowing anything that is happening in your area. Also wanting to get in touch at usual hours. Foreign numbers should also be a red flag.

• Anyone who makes excuses for not meeting or speaking on the phone.

• Their communications may have odd spelling and grammar

• Phishing emails pretending to be from another online dating site

• Don’t get a false sense of security because you are on a dating site

• LISTEN TO YOUR GUT. If something seems off, it probably is someone to avoid

FOOF takes user complaints and concerns seriously. Please report anyone who violates our Terms of Use.

First Date Tips:

Online dating can be a wonderful way to meet people, but taking precautions, following these guidelines, and using common sense will help you stay safe.

• Get to know the other person before meeting them offline

Get to know someone through chat before disclosing personal information or meeting in person. FOOF does not conduct criminal background checks on our users, so it’s up to you to do your own research and remain cautious. Check to see if the person is on other social media networks.

• Always meet in public

Meet for the first few times in a populated, public place – never in a private or remote location, and never at your home or apartment. If your date pressures you to meet somewhere private, end the relationship right then and leave

• Inform a friend or family member of your plans

Tell them who you are meeting, where you are going and when you will return. Bring your fully charged cell phone with you.

• Drive yourself to and from the first meeting

Be in control of your own transportation – even if you take a taxi. Securing your own ride is important. Even if the person you're meeting volunteers to pick you up, do not get into a vehicle with someone you don’t know and trust, especially if it’s the first few meetings.

• Stay Sober

Consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs can impair your judgment and potentially put you in danger. It’s important to keep a clear mind and avoid anything that might place you at risk. Be aware that predators might try to take advantage of you by altering your beverage(s) with synthetic substances, so keep an eye out for this.

Health

FOOF welcomes everyone and encourages our community of users to create and cultivate relationships. An important aspect of any healthy relationship though – whether formed on FOOF or otherwise – is ensuring proper sexual health and safety. And as a member of the FOOF community it is your responsibility to make sure you do the following, if you choose to engage in sexual activity.

Protect Yourself.

You and your partner should use proper protection. Condoms and other mechanisms can significantly reduce the risk of contracting or passing on a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), such as HIV. To be effective, however, protective measures must be used consistently. Please keep in mind, you can still get certain STDs , like herpes or HPV from contact with your partner’s skin even when using a condom.

Be Open and Honest

It is advisable to have a conversation with your partner regarding sex and sexual contact BEFORE actually having it. All issues ranging from the number of partners each of you has had, to the last time each of you was tested for STDs are fair game. Some STDs are curable or treatable. If either you or your partner has an STD that is curable, you both need to start treatment to avoid becoming re-infected. It is important to be completely honest in these conversations.

Vaccinate

The risk of contracting some STDs (but not ALL), can be reduced through vaccination. Talk to your doctor or a professional at a sexual health clinic to learn more.

Know Your Status - in the USA

Know your status. Some STDs don't show symptoms. Regular testing is critical to staying on top of your health and helping prevent the spread of STDs. After testing, always ask for a copy of your test results so you are sure of your status. Please see your doctor or there are many free, quick and confidential testing options - find the best locations near you using Healthvana's free HIV and STD testing locator .

For Further Help, Support or Advice

In the case of an emergency, immediately call 911. Emergency situations include a recent threat of violence or sexual violence, recent act of violence or sexual violence or if your health or someone else’s is in danger.

If something has happened and you’re in need of help, support or advice pertaining to physical or sexual assault, please call the below 24hr hotlines.

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE | www.rainn.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 | www.thehotline.org

Resources in the Netherlands

Know your status. Some STDs don't show symptoms. Regular testing is critical to staying on top of your health and helping prevent the spread of STDs. After testing, always ask for a copy of your test results so you are sure of your status. Please see your doctor or there are many free, quick and confidential testing options - find the best locations near you using SOAAIDS municipal HIV and STD testing locator.

For Further Help, Support or Advice

In the case of an emergency, immediately call 112. Emergency situations include a recent threat of violence or sexual violence, recent act of violence or sexual violence or if your health or someone else’s is in danger.

If something has happened and you’re in need of help, support or advice pertaining to physical or sexual assault, please call the below 24hr hotlines.

CSG Centrum Seksueel Geweld

0800-0188 | www.centrumseksueelgeweld.nl

End Violence Against Women International Hotlines

0 900 126 26 26 | www.unwomen.org/en