At IPC, we aim to provide you with a safe & secure environment in which you can search and find your potential life partner. User safety is a priority so please review these IPC Dating Safety Tips prior to using the Services. We strongly urge you to follow these guidelines in the interest of your personal safety and well-being. You are always the best judge of your own safety, and these guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for your own judgment.
It is necessary for you to exercise some simple precautions for your privacy & for a safe and secure experience.
|Dating Safely Online|
Protect your identity and personal information
Our system of contacting (sending invitation to connect, accepting/declining), and private messaging) is to ensure that your identity is protected until YOU decide to reveal it.
- Never give personal information, such as: your social security number, credit card number or bank information, or your work or home address to people you don’t know or haven’t met in person.
- IPC will never send you an email asking for your username and password information. Any such communications should be reported immediately.
- Communicate using the IPC chat feature with New Connects
- Don’t include your personal contact information like name, email address, home address, telephone numbers, place of work or any other identifying information in your initial messages.
- Don’t send contact information until your instincts tell you that this is someone you can trust. It’s okay to take your time.
- Start slow – Use IPC platform and chat feature initially
- When you are ready to communicate by email, don’t use your regular or official email id for communicating with a person you don’t know well.
- Set up a separate email account for communicating. Trust your instincts and start by sharing only your email address and communicating solely via email. Look for odd behavior or inconsistencies. Serious people will respect your space and allow you to take your time.
- Ask a friend to read the emails you receive – an unbiased observer can spot warning signs you missed.
- Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it.
- Don’t use signature lines in your emails that include your phone numbers and addresses.
- When ready, chat on the phone before meeting in person. A phone call can reveal much about a person’s communication and social skills. Consider your security and do not reveal your personal phone number to a stranger.
- Consider setting up a different number for communicating. Where available, Google Voice can be used to set up a different number. If not available, consider using a pre-paid mobile phone number or use local telephone blocking techniques to prevent your phone number from appearing in Caller ID.
- Only furnish your phone number when you feel completely comfortable and have some background information on the other person.
- If someone gives you a phone number with a strange area code, check it out to make sure it’s not a charge number before you make the call.
Dating Safely Offline
Get to Know the Other Person Online First
Keep your communications on the platform and really get to know users online/using the app before meeting them in person. Bad actors often push people to communicate off the platform immediately. It’s up to you to research and do your due diligence
Meet only when YOU are ready
The beauty of meeting online is that you can collect information gradually, later choosing whether to pursue the relationship in the offline world. You never are obligated to meet anyone. Go at your own pace! Even if you decide to arrange a meeting, you always have the right to change your mind. Even if you can’t logically explain it, trust yourself. Go with your instincts.
Meet in a safe place and stay in public
Meet for the first few times in a populated, public place (such as restaurant or café) – never in a private or remote location and never at your date’s home or apartment. If your date pressures you, end the date and leave at once. Do not go to a secluded place or a movie alone at the first meeting.
Tell Your Friends and Family Members of Your Plans
Inform a friend or family member of your plans and when and where you’re going. Make sure you have your cell phone charged and with you at all times.
Transport Yourself to and from the Meeting
You need to be independent and in control of your own transportation, especially in case things don’t work out. Ensure your own transportation to and fro. Never arrange for your prospective match to pick you up or drop you at home.
Consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs can impair your judgment and potentially put you in danger. It’s important to keep a clear mind and avoid anything that might place you at risk. Be aware that bad actors might try to take advantage of you by altering your beverage(s) with synthetic substances.
Watch for warning signs
Watching for warning signs and acting upon it is the surest way to avoid an uncomfortable
- Ask a lot of questions and watch for inconsistencies. This will help you detect liars & cons, and it will help you find out if you’re compatible.
- Pay attention to displays of anger, intense frustration or attempts to pressure or control you. Acting in a resentful manner, making demeaning or disrespectful comments, or any physically inappropriate behavior are all warning signs.
- Involve your family or your close friends in your search for a life partner and do not take a decision unilaterally.
- Don’t ignore the following behavior specially if it is without an acceptable explanation:
- Provides inconsistent information about age, interests, appearance, marital status, profession, employment, etc.
- Fails to provide direct answers to direct questions
- Appears significantly different in person from his or her online persona
- Never introduces you to friends, professional associates or family members
Beware of money scams
Watch out for money scams. There are just too many con artists and scam artists around the world, and they are everywhere.
- Be wary of those who try to ask money from you for whatever reason. But it would be safer to cut off the communication. Remember a genuine person will not ask you for money in any circumstance. If someone asks you for money, use common sense and never give in to such requests.
- In case someone asks you for money report the situation to us.
- Take all the time you need to decide on a trustworthy person and pay careful attention along the way. Be responsible about romance, and don’t fall for the oldest con tricks of people who shower love and affection at the first instance and disappear later. Don’t become prematurely close to someone, even if that intimacy only occurs online.
Report All Suspicious Behavior
- Asking you for money or donations.
- Minors using the platform.
- Members sending harassing or offensive messages or emails.
- Members behaving inappropriately during or 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 service.