Safety Tips

Offline and Online Safety Tips

 Meeting In-Person

Be smart and take precautions


When meeting someone in person for the first time, take precautions and consider these dos and don’ts.


  • Let friends or family members know where you’re going and when you’ll be home
  • Meet in a public place with lots of people around
  • Use your own transportation to get to and from the meeting
  • Watch your alcohol intake
  • Keep your wallet, phone, and personal items with you
  • Leave at any time you feel uncomfortable
  • Bring your cell phone with you
  • Arrange to contact a friend when the meeting is over


  • Go to your meeting without telling anyone
  • Meet somewhere isolated or at your or someone else’s home
  • Allow someone you do not know and trust to pick you up at your home or place of work
  • Leave your drink unattended
  • Leave your personal items unattended
  • Feel pressured to stay or do anything
  • Go to a place where you can’t contact anyone
  • Return from your meeting alone, without telling anyone


Identifying scammers

Report suspicious behavior right away


Remember that people aren’t always what they seem. If you suspect that someone you’re talking to may be a scammer, stop your communications and immediately report him or her to or by calling (888) FOR-TSPN.

A few examples of common scammer behaviors to report immediately include:

  • asking you for money or financial information—especially to help pay for travel expenses or medical bills
  • contacting you from another country (or claiming to be from your country but stuck in a foreign country)
  • refusing to meet in person or talk on the phone
  • pressuring you for your phone number, email, or other personal or financial information right away
  • asking to communicate through a channel other than TSPN right away (e.g., texting, calling, using another site, etc.)
  • often repeating things or seeming disconnected from communications
  • dodging your questions without providing answers, or replies to your messages seem off-topic, trying to sell you products or services
  • offering you a job opportunity
  • directing you to other websites