Dating Safety Tips
We hope that you match with amazing people on So Syncd, but you should always be cautious when interacting with someone you don’t know. Put your safety first and use your own judgement. Here are some tips to help you stay safe during your So Syncd experience.
- Never send money or share financial information
Never send money, even if the person claims to be in an emergency. It’s almost always impossible to reverse the transaction or trace where the money went. In addition, never share information that could be used to access your financial accounts. If another user asks you for money, report it to us immediately by clicking ‘block and report’ at the bottom of the person’s profile.
- Protect your personal information
There is more obvious personal information that you shouldn’t share with people you don’t know, such as your social security number, home or work address. However, even details about your daily routine (e.g. sharing that you walk at a specific park every Wednesday) can be dangerous when in the wrong hands. If you are a parent, limit the information that you share about your children on your profile and in early communications. Avoid sharing details such as your children’s names, where they go to school or their ages.
- Stay on So Syncd in the early stages
Keep conversations on the So Syncd platform while you’re getting to know someone. Please report any suspicious behaviour to us immediately by clicking ‘block and report’ at the bottom of the person’s profile.
- Be wary of people who try to stick to messaging only
It can be a red flag if someone refuses to meet in person, talk on a phone or do a video call — they may be pretending to be someone they’re not. If someone is pushing for a serious relationship without meeting or getting to know you first, you should be wary.
- Report all suspicious and offensive behavior
Report all suspicious and offensive behavior to us immediately by clicking ‘block and report’ at the bottom of the person’s profile. Block and report anyone that violates our terms. Here are some examples of violations:
- Requests for money
- Underage users (you must be at least 18 years old to use So Syncd)
- Fraudulent profiles
- Inappropriate or harmful behavior
- Harassment, threats, and offensive messages
- Spam or solicitation, including links to commercial websites or attempts to sell products or services
You can report anyone on our app by scrolling to the bottom of their profile and clicking ‘block and report’.
- Protect Your Account
Choose a strong password – avoid obvious passwords like the name of your dog. So Syncd will never send you an email asking for any personal details or your account information. If you receive an email asking for personal details or your account information, report it immediately.
Meeting in Person
- Take it slow
Take your time and get to know the other person before agreeing to meet or chat off So Syncd. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to screen for any red flags. A phone or video call can be a useful screening tool before meeting.
- Meet in public
At least for the first few times meeting someone, it’s safer to meet in a populated, public place — never at your home, your date’s home, or any other private location. If your date pressures you to go to a private location, end the date. Have a pre-prepared excuse in case this happens.
- Tell friends and/or family about your plans
Tell a friend or family member about your plans, including when and where you’re going. Take your cell phone with you and make sure it’s charged.
- Be mindful of the effects of drugs and alcohol
Be aware of how drugs or alcohol impact you — they can impair your judgment and your alertness. If your date tries to pressure you to use drugs or drink more than you’re comfortable with, end the date. Know where your drink comes from and know where it is at all times — only accept drinks poured or served directly from the bartender or server.
- Listen to your instincts
If your instincts are telling you that something isn’t right, listen. If you feel uncomfortable, leave the date early. Have a pre-prepared excuse and ask someone for help if necessary.
- LGBTQ+ Travel
Be careful when traveling. Inclusivity of all gender identities and sexual orientations is a key priority for us, but some countries have specific laws that target LGBTQ+ people. Some countries have laws that criminalize communications between same-sex couples on dating applications or websites.
Check the laws when you travel to a new place. In the event that you’re in unsafe territory, we suggest using our ‘snooze’ function so that your profile isn’t shown on So Syncd for that time period.
Visit ILGA World to see the latest sexual orientation laws by country.
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