There are certain steps that every person should follow when meeting new people via a social networking platform (App) — both online and offline. We ask you to take a few minutes to read and follow the recommendations.
Ignore any request to send money, especially overseas or by wire transfer, and report it to us immediately – even if the person claims to be having an emergency. Wiring money is like sending cash: the sender has no protections against loss and it’s nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money. NEVER give financial information, such as credit card number or bank details to people you don’t know or you haven’t met in person.
Be careful about sharing other personal information, such as your full name, phone number, email and home or work addresses. You are in control of your online social experience at all times. Take advantage of our member-to-member technology that protects your identity until you decide to reveal it through email or other platforms. Leave any personal contact information out of your profile or username.
Use extra caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information. If you share your computer with others, disable the auto sign-in feature to your account and clear all saved passwords.
Note: Hooof will never send you an email asking for your username and password information. Any such communication should be reported immediately.
Be wary of communications that ask you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information. There are certain red flags to watch for that may indicate you’re dealing with a scammer. For example, be aware of anyone who:
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Your involvement will help keep the Hooof community fun and enjoyable.
First meetings should be fun and positive experiences, however, always take precautions and use the following guidelines.
Use the technology on Hooof that protects your anonymity to get to know someone before disclosing personal information or meeting in person. We don’t conduct criminal background checks on our users, so if you would like more information about someone, we recommend using the internet and government resources available to everyone. This can include typing the person’s name into a search engine, reviewing public information made available by government offices, or using a paid service to obtain a full background report.
Meet for the first time in a populated, public location – never in a private or remote location, including their home or apartment.
It is advisable not to go back to their home or bring them back to yours until you are sure of your safety. If your anyone pressures you, end the meeting and leave at once.
Inform a friend or family member of your plans and when and where you’re going. If you own a mobile phone, make sure you have it with you.
Keep a clear mind and avoid doing anything that would impair your judgment and cause you to make a decision you could regret.
In case things don’t work out, you need to be in control of your own journeys – even if you take private or public transportation.
Long distance meetings are not recommended and pose special safety concerns. Keep these tips in mind.