Safety Advice

Important Information

    Anyone who is able to commit identity theft can also falsify a dating profile. There is no substitute for acting with caution when communicating with any stranger who wants to meet you.
    Never include your last name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, place of work, or any other identifying information in your Internet profile or initial e-mail messages and stop communicating with, block and report anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it.
    If you choose to have a face-to-face meeting with another member, always tell someone in your family or a friend where you are going and when you will return. Never agree to be picked up at your home. Always provide your own transportation to and from your date and meet in a public place with many people around.
    We do not conduct criminal background screening.

Be Alert

    We would advise you do not give out your phone number, address, email or surname. Wait until you know someone a little better before you share your contact details. If someone asks for your number instantly you may wish to decline.
    Never give money. If someone you are communicating with on GoYOLO asks you for money or your bank details they are likely to be a scammer. If you have experienced monetary fraud online you should report it to Action Fraud using their reporting tool.
    If you encounter a suspicious member on the site or someone has been aggressive or rude to you please do not hesitate to report them using the report button on their search profile, from within your conversation or via the contact page.
    When you meet another GoYOLO member for the first time, do it in a public place like a bar or a café. Do not give them your address and do not go to their home.
    Don't let your date pick you up from your home on your first meeting. Arrange your own transport ensuring you check the time of the last train/bus/tube.
    Tell someone you know and trust that you are going on a date and give them details of where you are going.
    Take your mobile and make sure it's charged in case you need to call someone.

Look out for scammers

    Nice picture, but is it really them? You can do a reverse image search using TinyEye or Google.
    Is the same picture used by different people?
    See if a person's results on social media match their dating profile
    Scammers will often ask you to use another message service rather than GoYolo
    Be wary of early declarations of love
    Scammers always make excuses why they cannot meet up
    Be wary of emotional requests for money, for example a sick child, relative or need to fly home to meet you

The Online Dating Association promote safe practice and raise safety awareness. The ODA Date Safe guidance can be viewed here. This provides helpful tips on how to keep online dating a safe, fun and enjoyable.