Why Safe Dating?
While online dating helps millions, year after year, a few experience frauds. As a dating service for Indian Americans, it's our responsibility to ensure that your dating journey is a safe one. At MeraLuv, we are committed to making the dating experience safe for our members. We have implemented multiple processes to ensure this. Simultaneously, we also encourage all our members to remain vigilant. May your journey with MeraLuv lead you to the perfect partner, creating a lifetime of shared joy and love! Your Safety is our priority!
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Safety & Security Tips Follow these tips to stay safe in your dating journey! Beware of online dating frauds; Be cautious during your journey.
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How to be safe?
Ensure a secure meeting location Meet an interested member only in a safe public place for the initial dates. If a date is pressuring you to go to a private location, end the date. Inform your family/friends about the meeting. Never reveal your account details Never share your OTP, password or account details with anyone Never make any financial transaction Never engage in financial transactions, even if presented with plausible scenarios like a gift for you stuck at Customs Duty, Emergency Cash Requirement, etc Do not share any personal information Never share your personal information like Social Security Number, Drivers License or any other government ids. Do not disclose your bank account, account details, email passwords etc. If someone tries to generate a pin number or a password on your behalf and asks you for the same to complete any kind of transaction, refrain them from doing so and do not share this information. Do a reference check Do a complete reference check on a prospect before you decide on settling down with the prospect Report suspicious profiles If you come across any suspicious profile(s), Inform us immediately End conversations upon encountering inappropriate messages or requests Terminate conversations upon encountering inappropriate messages or requests to share social handles before you are comfortable. If a member sends you inappropriate messages, end the conversation immediately, report the profile as abuse, and block it
Common Dating Frauds While there can be multiple types of frauds, the intention of the fraudster is mostly to extort money from the members. So a clear rule of thumb is under no circumstances agree to pay money to a potential match you may be interacting with online. Here are some common scenarios
Fake Custom Duty Fraud In this scenario the fraudster asks for money, seeking to pay the custom duty to clear the expensive gifts they have gotten you or sent to you. Or the Fraudster will call you posing as a customs officer and ask you to pay a custom duty to clear an expensive gift that’s arrived in your name from abroad. Emergency Cash Requirement Fraud Here the fraudster fakes being in an emergency situation, stating reasons like sudden illness of self or family member, theft of wallet, bank account issue, etc and then the fraudster asks to transfer the money through wallet or bank account. These may sound genuine reasons but in all likelihood would be frauds trying to extract money out of you. Cash on Delivery Fraud Over here the fraudster asks you to pay cash for a gift sent by them through an online Shopping platform. On opening the gift, the fraudster claims that the gift he ordered and what is delivered are different and requests you to return the product. Once you return the gift, the money gets refunded to the fraudster's account. Sextortion Fraud In this scenario the fraudster gains the user's trust and then lures them to watch obscene content through a video call. On attending this video call, the video call gets recorded, making it look like the member is indulging in watching the obscene content. With this recording, the fraudster starts blackmailing the member for money, stating that they will otherwise publicly share it on social media platforms Cryptocurrency investment scams In this scam, the fraudsters build a long-term relationship with their mark. As they get to know each other, the scammer will start talking about their interest in cryptocurrencies. Eventually, they'll offer to “guide” the victim in their own investments.
Helpful Resources If you feel you are in immediate danger or need emergency assistance, call 911 or your local law enforcement agency.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733
National Sexual Violence Resource Center 1-877-739-3895
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)
VictimConnect - Crime Victim Resource Center 1-855-4VICTIM (855-484-2846)
FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center www.ic3.gov
Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474