Online Safety Tips
Protect your finances
Ignore any request to send money, especially overseas or by wire transfer, and report it to us immediately – even if the person claims to be in an emergency. Wiring money is like sending cash: the sender has no protections against loss and it's nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money.Never give financial information (such as you social security number, credit card number or bank information) to people you don't know or you haven't met in person.
Guard your personal and online access information
Be careful about sharing other personal information, such as your full name, phone number, email and address. You are in control of your online dating experience at all times – remain anonymous until you feel ready. Take advantage of our member-to-member technology that protects your identity until you decide to reveal it through email or IM. Also, leave any personal contact information out of your profile or username.Use extra caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information. If you share your computer with others, disable the auto sign-in feature to your account and clear all saved passwords.Note: Metasouk.com will never send you an email asking for your username and password information. Any such communication should be reported immediately.
Be Web Wise
Be wary of communications that ask you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information. There are certain red flags to watch for that may indicate you're dealing with a scammer. Be aware of anyone who…
- Quickly asks to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service
- Claims to be from your country but currently travelling, living or working abroad
- Asks you for money
- Vanishes mysteriously from the site, then reappears under a different name
- Talks about destiny or fate
- Claims to be recently widowed
- Asks for your address under the guise of sending flowers or gifts
- Makes an inordinate amount of grammar and/or spelling errors
- Sends you emails containing strange links to third-party websites
The U.S. Federal Trade Commissions advice to avoid online romance scams is available here:http://onguardonline.gov/articles/0004-online-dating-scamsBe cautious and use common sense. If personal details provided by another person dont seem to add up, they behave suspiciously or pressure you for personal or financial information – block communications with that person and report them to us immediately.
Block and report suspicious users
- Asking you for money or donations
- Married people or minors using the service
- Members sending harassing or offensive emails/IMs
- Members behaving inappropriately after meeting in person
- Fraudulent registration or profiles
- Spam or solicitation, such as invitations to call 1-900 numbers or attempts to sell products or services
Your involvement will help keep the community fun and enjoyable.
Offline Safety Tips
First meetings are exciting, however, always take precautions and use the following guidelines.
Get to know the other person before meeting them offline
Use the technology on Metasouk.com that helps you to get to know someone before disclosing personal information or meeting in person. We dont conduct criminal background checks on our users, so if you would like more information about someone, we recommend using the Internet and government resources available to everyone. This can include typing the persons name into a search engine, reviewing public information made available by government offices, or using a paid service to obtain a full background report.
Always meet in public
Meet for the first time in a populated, public location – never in a private or remote location, and never at your dates home or apartment.
Stay in a public place
It is best not to go back to your dates home or bring them back to yours on the first date. If your date pressures you, end the date and leave at once.
Tell a friend
Inform a friend or family member of your plans and when and where youre going. If you own a mobile phone, make sure you have it with you.
Keep a clear mind and avoid doing anything that would impair your judgment and cause you to make a decision you could regret.
Drive yourself to and from the first meeting
Just in case things dont work out, you need to be in control of your own ride – even if you take a taxi.
Keep personal items with you at all times
You dont want to risk having personal information stolen. If youre drinking, keep your drink with you at all times so it cant be tampered with.
Long Distance Meetings
Long distance meetings pose special safety concerns to take into account. Keep these tips in mind.Stay in a hotel. Check into your own room and avoid staying in the other persons home. If you cant afford a hotel, you shouldnt go.
- Use a taxi or rental car to get to and from the airport. Securing your own ride is important. Even if the person youre meeting volunteers to pick you up from the airport, do not get into a personal vehicle with someone youve never met.
- Keep your hotel location confidential. The person youre meeting should respect your privacy until you know each other.
- Remember to keep your family and friends posted. Tell someone who you are meeting, where you are going and when you will return.
Safety Tips for Your Online Job Search
Online job systems have made it easier for you as job seekers to find positions posted by employers seeking candidates. Unfortunately, the same technology makes it easier for scammers to create fraudulent positions to take advantage of you. While we try to screen employers and the positions they post to RamblerLink, it is very important that you as a job seeker exercise common sense and caution. You need to read position descriptions carefully!
If a position or job offer seems to be too good to be true, if you feel uncomfortable with some of the information requested, or something just doesnt seem right – either back off or proceed with extreme caution. Even if the original position description seems valid, if you receive follow-up emails, phone calls or job offers that seem unusual, you need to proceed cautiously.
Here are some red flags:
- You are asked to give credit card, bank or PayPal account numbers
- You are asked to send a payment by wire service or courier.
- You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account - often for depositing checks or transferring money.
- You receive an unexpectedly large check
- You are asked to transfer money, including via e-Bay, PayPal or Western Union money orders
- You are asked for personal information such as your Social Security Number
- You are requested to send a photo copy of your ID, i.e., drivers license to verify identity
- You are asked to complete a background check before you can be considered for a position.
- The posting appears to come from a legitimate company or organization, but the contacts email address doesnt match the companys website domain (i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org rather than email@example.com)
- The job posting doesnt mention the responsibilities of the job; rather it focuses on the amount of money you will make.
In addition, you may receive a job offer in response to your application to a legitimate-appearing job description that is actually just a marketing email to sell you job search help. Some other tips:
- Be wary of postings for Mystery Shoppers, work at home, or virtual Administrative Assistants or Bookkeepers
- If you are an entry-level candidate with little experience, be wary of an offer with a salary that is way out of range.
- Are there multiple misspellings in the job notice?
- If the position listing is for an international opportunity, does it include travel expenses? Upfront program fees? Research the company and compare its program/benefits with other similar opportunities.
- If the ad mentions upfront fees, proceed cautiously.
- Verify that a URL listed in the ad goes to the internet domain of the company that listed it. For example, if the ad lists www.luc.edu/hr but when you click on it, goes to www.lcu.edu, it could sell be a scam.
- When using other job boards than RamberLink, read their privacy policies carefully. Also read how easy it is for employers to post jobs by going through the sites employer links.
- The position initially seems to be a traditional job, but upon further research or contact, is actually an independent contractor or franchise opportunity.
- Check Spam-Checker.com to see if the job description is listed as one of their reported scams.
Follow these simple steps for a safe and successful buying experience:
Use the Reply to ad button for your safety and privacy. Dont reply to ads with email addresses in the ad or pictures, some scammers have put the contact details in the wrong place, to try and avoid being blocked from Metasouk.
Meet face to face to see the item and exchange money. Make sure you are completely happy with the item before handing over any money. Although we do not recommend paying for an item you havent seen, if you are planning to do this, please use a secure payment method.
For your personal safety, meet in a ‘lighted’ public place and always take someone with you, or at least tell a friend where you’re going.
Never carry large sums of money with you. If you’re looking to buy something expensive, we recommend that you meet with the seller to view the item first. If you are happy to proceed with the purchase, either go to the bank with the seller or arrange to meet somewhere safe to pay.
Use your common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Registered companies. If you are purchasing goods or services from registered companies (e.g. Insurance companies) please make sure you check the registered status (e.g. FSA) before handing over any money