Unfortunately, on the internet, not everybody is who he seems to be, and not everybody is telling the truth. Some bad people may be out to hurt you physically or steal from you. Others cannot accept when you tell them "no" and will stalk and harass you. Sadly many lives have been ruined because of careless contacts on internet.
CMatch is one of the safest Christian dating and community sites available. Most of our resources are spent on providing you a secure place where you can meet new Christian friends and maybe your soulmate. An experienced staff screens every profile multiple times thoroughly, using advanced tools. We check every picture, we even might read the messages others are sending you. However, we cannot be held responsible for actions of our members, and we urge you to use cMatch and other social networking sites with caution.
- Do not trust members who immediately give you their contact info. This includes invitations to chat using Yahoo or MSN. It means they're trying to contact you outside the safe and monitored environment of cMatch, and it might mean they don't have the right intentions.
- Do not reveal your personal contact info too quickly. There's no rush, since cMatch is safe, monitored and free. Take time to get to know another anonymously using mail, chat and IM on cMatch. Remember: cMatch has a "block" button, outside cMatch it's much harder to make somebody stop contacting you.
- Never ever send money to somebody you never met in person. If somebody asks you for money, you can be quite sure you're dealing with a scammer.
- Do not trust people who require you to join a paid website before they're willing to talk to you.
- If somebody falls in love with you after just 3 e-mails, it's usually too good to be true. You might be dealing with a scammer who's after your money.
- While contacting other members, please always keep in mind that unfortunately not everybody tells the (whole) truth.
- Protect your privacy on internet. Read the privacy statements of the sites you want to join, and be careful in publishing personal information that can be used to trace, contact or identify you.
- When you decide to meet somebody in real life, we suggest you meet in a busy, public place, like a shopping mall or a restaurant. And always tell a friend or a relative who you'll meet, where you'll meet, and what time you'll be home.
- Please help us to keep cMatch clean and safe. Please report members who are violating our Terms.
Online dating scam
Online dating scammers (sometimes also called romance scammers) are criminals who pose as beautiful and interesting singles on dating sites, but also on pen pal sites and social network sites like Friendster, MySpace and Facebook. Unfortunately a big percentage of profiles on most Christian sites are scammers, because the owners are less experienced and scammers seem to target Christians. Scammers operate by contacting their victims using the most romantic messages. They pretend falling in love with their victims just after 2 or 3 e-mail messages. After they won the trust of their victims, they will request money claiming things like "my mom is seriously ill", "my credit card is stolen" or "I want to meet you but need money for travel arrangements". Of course, none of this is true. Romance scam usually originates from Africa (Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria) and Russia (Mari-El). Wikipedia has an extensive entry on romance scam
and the way these scammers trick their victims.
Webcam spammers join community sites to lure men to have paid (sex) cam sessions. This is often done by girls flirting with single men on dating sites. However, chatting, or watching them on a webcam, is only possible after joining a certain paid service. Sometimes the girl's profile is entirely fake and posted by an adult website.