Helpful Safety Tips
The overwhelming majority of AZ Match advertisers are trustworthy and well-intentioned. Nevertheless, it’s very important to take the same common sense precautions when meeting someone for the first time.
The following is a list of safety measures you should consider when meeting people through the AZ Match website. While this is by no means a comprehensive or definitive list, it should give you a good idea of things to consider when using our web site:
- Never get into a car with someone until you feel comfortable with them and know them better. Make sure you always drive your own vehicle to the place you plan to meet at for the first time. Never have someone pick you up at your place with their vehicle.
- Never go to a strangers home until you meet them first in a neutral public location. How do you know the address someone gave you is valid and not just a dirty prank?
- Never meet a stranger for the first time in a secluded place.
- Never give out your last name, address, or place of employment until you feel comfortable with the other person and trust them.
- Always meet someone for the first time in a neutral public meeting place (shopping mall, restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, movie theater, social club, etc.).
- Never invite a stranger over to your home until you meet and get to know them and screen them carefully.
- Make sure you always tell a friend or family member where you are going, what your plans are, the person’s name, their general description, the persons phone number (if you have it), and your expected time home. If you don’t want to tell anyone you are meeting someone then we suggest you leave a note with all this information and place it on your desk before you leave just to be safe.
- Consider having a friend accompany you to meet someone for the first time.
- Always trust your instincts.
- Take your cell phone along with you if you have one. You never know when you may need it to call someone.
- Never agree to be photographed or videotaped. How do you know where those photos or videos will end up someday??
- Don’t always believe what you are told. There are some people out there who are dishonest and will only tell you what they want you to hear.
- Get to know someone over the phone before you agree to meet with them. If they refuse to call you, then they must have something to hide. Are they really a male or female? Who knows, maybe they are a guy impersonating a woman and vice versa. You can get a good overall impression of someone by talking to them over the phone and hearing the sound of their voice, etc.
- Never send revealing or explicit photos of yourself to someone you have never met. How do you know where those private photos of yourself may end up someday? How do you know they won’t forward those photos to their friends?
- Never loan money to a stranger. How can you be assured you will be paid back? Get to know someone very well before you offer to do anything like that.
- Never lie about your age and what you look like. It will be YOU who looks like a complete FOOL when it comes time to meet someone.
- Never get involved in situations where you feel uncomfortable. If you get a bad “vibe” about someone then just say goodbye, it was nice to meet you, and then immediately leave.
- Never engage in unsafe sexual practices with a stranger. Anonymous sex with multiple partners greatly increases your risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, hepatitis, herpes, etc. Always use a condom and practice safe sex if you plan on having sexual encounters with people you meet. Never trust what someone tells you about their sexual past and health history. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Remember, an HIV test is only good on the day the blood test was taken.
- Never unblock your phone number if you call a number that says it will not accept blocked calls. Do you really want a stranger to have your name and phone number?
- Always block your phone number when you contact someone for the first time. Again, do you really want a stranger to have your name and phone number? To block your Caller ID, lift the handset and listen for the dial tone, press *67 (1167 on rotary phone), enter the number you are calling. Once you do this, the person you are calling will not be able to see your name or phone number on their Caller ID display. You must press *67 before you make each call each. Otherwise, your name and phone number will be released to the person receiving your call. You may also want to consider contacting CenturyLink or Cox and have them permanently block your name and phone number so you don’t have to press *67 every time you call someone.
- Never judge someone by the photo they send you. How do you know they sent you a current photo? How do you know the photo is legitimate or hasn’t been Photoshopped?
- Be very careful about revealing too much information about yourself or your family on the first meeting. Make sure you trust someone and get to know them before you tell them too much personal information about yourself. It all comes down to using common sense!
- Knowing and obeying the law in Arizona is YOUR responsibility. AZ Match does NOT screen or investigate individuals who use our magazine and makes no representation as to their character. All opinions, claims and representations are those of the advertiser and are not subject to investigation or verification by the AZ Match staff. We are not responsible for the consequences of any contact you have with such individuals. Any meeting with or involvement with any person or persons as a result of contact through the AZ Match website is solely at the risk of the meeting parties.
Taking these simple precautions helps make AZ Match safer for everyone. For more information about personal safety online, check out this online resource: