We want you to have the best possible experience on Coffee Meets Bagel, so we thought we’d pop in with a few online dating safety tips.
While we do everything possible to keep people from making fraudulent accounts on the app, we know that, like with any system, ours isn’t perfect. Here’s how to stay safe while looking for someone special:
- Never send money, gift cards, or account info to matches — especially if you haven’t met them in person, yet.
- Never share information that could be used to access your financial accounts. If another user asks you for money, report it to us immediately.
- Keep your exact workplace and address a secret until you’ve met in person and have built trust.
- 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 or genders.
- Watch out for scammers who claim to be from your country but stuck somewhere else, especially if they ask for financial help to return home. Be wary of anyone who will not meet in person or talk on a phone/video call—they may not be who they say they are. If someone is avoiding your questions or pushing for a serious relationship without meeting or getting to know you first — that’s a red flag.
- Share when and where you’re meeting a match for the 1st time with friends and family. Provide your own transportation, and always meet in a safe, public place, such as a coffee shop.
- If you’re being harassed or believe your match is a scammer, report them on the app (and block them from other messaging services if applicable). If you’re on a date, leave immediately.
Check out “5 Ways to Spot a Scammer” on the blog and our resource page for more information. Also, for tips on avoiding romance scams, check out some advice from the U.S Federal Trade Commission on the FTC website