Dating Safety

Helpful Hints for Online Dating

Each year thousands of people meet their partners on our web sites and have a trouble-free dating experience. Please take the time to read through our Dating Safety tips and Community Guidelines to ensure that your experience is safe and rewarding.


NEVER SEND MONEY to anyone who you met online, but have not yet met in person.


NEVER SEND a nude picture or nude video to anyone.



Getting started
Our site allows you to remain anonymous to other users until you feel ready to provide contact information to other users.
Never include your personal contact information in your profile, especially telephone numbers, email, home address or your last name.
Only provide your contact information to another user when your instincts tell you this is someone you can trust.
Set up an email account just for online dating. This makes it easy to quarantine any unwanted mail.
Keep your passwords confidential and make sure they are not easy to guess. Choose a unique password for online dating that you use nowhere else.
Avoiding problems
Ask a lot of questions when communicating and be alert for inconsistencies or requests for money. Make notes if you are suspicious of anything.
If you are suspicious of a person or if someone asks you for money, use common sense and then report the situation to us by using the “Report Abuse” icon located on the member’s profile.
We do not validate the identity of our members or the information that they submit on their profiles. Although we take steps to eliminate any suspect members, it is not possible to be 100% sure that all members will be honest and truthful in their dealings with other members. Be alert and use common sense when communicating with other members.
NEVER send money to anyone who you met online, but have not yet met in person.


Before you meet
Find out as much as possible about the person you are communicating with before you meet them in person. Communicate extensively using email, instant messaging or chat prior to calling the other person. Do not disclose your phone number or personal contact information until you feel comfortable to do so.
Try to request multiple photos of the person you are communicating with. Ask to see photos of the person in a variety of situations at different times in their life. This helps to ‘paint a picture’ of the person and can be useful to understand more about that person.
When you do decide to meet face to face, pick a public place and tell a friend where you’re going.
Let them know when you return from the date.
While dating
Take your time to get to know the person. Proceed one step at a time and at your own pace.
If dating a person located in a foreign country be aware of cultural differences and take the time to learn the culture and understand the other persons expectations about the relationship. Spend as much time together as is possible getting to know the person, don’t just rely on email and instant messaging.
Investing additional time to get to know the person before things get serious will help you to avoid costly mistakes.
Before you become engaged
Each year hundreds of people on Old Love Zone meet their spouse and live a happy, loving life together. Before you get engaged, take the time to consider what could go wrong and know your rights.
Getting married is one of the most important decisions in your life and not something that should be rushed.



Make sure that you know as much as possible about your partner before getting engaged.
Get to know your partner’s friends and family: in some countries when you marry someone you also “marry” their family.
If you are getting engaged to someone from another country then you should take additional steps to familiarize yourself with your rights regarding domestic violence, abuse and divorce in your partner’s country. Many countries including the USA, Australia etc. have laws that protect the visa status of foreign women who are unfortunate enough to marry or become engaged to an abusive or violent partner. This means that you can usually seek help for problems related to domestic violence while maintaining your legal right to remain in the country.

In the event of divorce, courts in many countries such as the USA, UK, Australia etc. will consider the equitable distribution of all marital assets based on a variety of factors. You should therefore consider how you may be affected in the event of divorce.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON DATING SAFETY:

Safety Tip – Never send money to people you meet online
Do not send money, bank or credit card details to people you meet online and report anyone who requests them by clicking the “Report Abuse” icon.
Safety Tip – If you really love me you’ll send me the money
Report anyone who asks you for money by clicking the “Report Abuse” icon. Never send money to anyone who you meet online.


Safety Tip – Don’t give away too much information online
There is no substitute for acting with caution when communicating with someone online. Never include your last name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, place of work or any other identifying information in your dating profile or initial communications with another member. Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it. Report anyone who you are suspicious about by clicking the “Report Abuse” icon.


Safety Tip – Do not send money for plane tickets
If you meet someone from another country and want them to visit you, do not send them money to buy a plane ticket. Instead purchase the ticket yourself directly at a reputable online travel site or at a reputable travel agent. Make sure the ticket can only be refunded or cancelled by you and check all immigration rules before inviting someone to visit you. Report anyone who you are suspicious about by clicking the “Report Abuse” icon.



Safety Tip – Do not send money for passports or visas
If you meet someone from another country and want them to visit you, do not send them money to pay for passport fees, visa fees or processing fees. Check all immigration rules before inviting someone to visit you. Report anyone who you are suspicious about by clicking the “Report Abuse” icon.


Safety Tip – Do not swap accounts
Scammers may ask you to access their account on this website, or ask you to swap accounts or ask for your password. A dishonest individual will do this to try to hijack your account and/or try to cover their tracks after committing dishonest behavior. Never allow anyone to access your account and do not access anyone else’s account. Never disclose your password to anyone under any circumstances. If someone asks you for your password or asks you to access their account or swap accounts, report them immediately by clicking the “Report Abuse” icon.


Safety Tip – Always meet in a public place for your first date
If you choose to have a face-to-face meeting with another member, always meet in a public place with many people around. Organize your own transportation to and from the date and never agree to be picked up at your home. Always tell someone in your family or a friend where you are going and when you will return and stay connected with your cell phone switched on at all times.


Safety Tip – Suspicious about someone?
Your membership subscription helps us provide world class fraud prevention technology and employ people dedicated to fraud prevention and consumer safety. Help us keep you safe by reporting anything of concern to our dedicated fraud prevention team by clicking the “Report Abuse” icon.


Safety Tip – Set up a separate email account for dating
Set up a new email account for online dating that will be separate from your personal and work accounts. That way you can keep track of any online dating messages and easily isolate any unwanted or inappropriate content. Make sure your real name isn’t included in your email address and check that any signatures are switched off.


Safety Tip – Protect yourself from domestic violence
Most countries such as the USA, Australia, UK etc have extensive laws and support systems to protect women from domestic violence. If you ever find yourself in an abusive relationship seek help immediately from the police or other support services. In most circumstances your visa status will be protected if you are in an abusive relationship. You do not need to stay in an abusive relationship to protect your visa status if you are from another country.


Safety Tip – Keep your phone number safe – Chat online
We recommend using our on site messaging feature to chat with new dating acquaintances. It will protect your personal information and helps us keep you safe from dishonest individuals.


Safety Tip – Protect your PC and keep your account safe
Ensure your computer/mobile device has anti-virus software, a firewall and is up-to-date with all security patches.



Safety Tip – Beware of fake photos
Some scammers from Ghana, Nigeria, Russia or other countries will email or share fake photos with you. Always request as many photos of the person as possible and try to receive photos in many different situations such as at home, at work, at events, with other people etc. Most scammers will send only a small number of photos and usually photos that are not in a group setting. It is very important to also verify the appearance of the person by chatting on webcam.


Safety Tip – Do not receive money or goods
Some dishonest individuals may ask for your address or bank account details claiming that they need your help to receive money or goods and they will give you a commission or provide some favour if you assist them. Never offer to receive any money or goods from anyone you meet online. If anyone asks you to receive money or goods for them, report them immediately by clicking the “Report Abuse” icon.


Safety Tip – Love at first sight?
Be suspicious of online dating acquaintances who profess their love for you after just a few minutes or after a few emails or instant messages; love is generally an acquired feeling. Claiming instant, undying love for someone is a ploy often used by scammers who prey on the emotions of online dating users. Report anyone who you are suspicious about by clicking the “Report Abuse” icon.


Safety Tip – Do not stay in an abusive relationship.

Seek the country police help immediately!!!

Make sure that you know as much as possible about your partner before getting engaged.
Get to know your partner’s friends and family: in some countries when you marry someone you also “marry” their family.
If you are getting engaged to someone from another country then you should take additional steps to familiarize yourself with your rights regarding domestic violence, abuse and divorce in your partner’s country. Many countries including the USA, Australia etc. have laws that protect the visa status of foreign women who are unfortunate enough to marry or become engaged to an abusive or violent partner. This means that you can usually seek help for problems related to domestic violence while maintaining your legal right to remain in the country.
In the event of divorce, courts in many countries such as the USA, UK, Australia etc. will consider the equitable distribution of all marital assets based on a variety of factors. You should therefore consider how you may be affected in the event of divorce.


NEVER SEND MONEY to anyone who you met online, but have not yet met in person.


NEVER SEND a nude picture or nude video to anyone.