Privacy, security and safety tips
Sangat Matrimonial aims to provide you with a safe & secure environment in which you search and find your life partner. To ensure that you have a pleasant experience during your time with Sangat Matrimonial, we recommend that you follow a few simple guidelines. We have listed them below for your perusal:
- Take your time giving personal information, you have full control and should only release telephone or personal details when you feel comfortable.
- It is good practise to get to know someone via email prior to disclosing your telephone number. Only furnish users with your phone number when you feel completely comfortable and have a good amount of background information on the other person.
- Use email to view several images of someone in various settings: casual, formal, indoors and outdoors. If all you hear are excuses about why you can‘t see a photo, consider that he or she has something to hide.
- Look for odd behaviour or inconsistencies. Serious people will respect your space and allow you to take your time.
- Get a second opinion – it is sometimes good to ask a friend / family member to read the emails you receive – an unbiased observer can sometimes give useful advice.
- Think seriously about using an anonymous number before calling and sharing your details. You may wish to use a Virtual phone number app like Hushed or Skype to provide you a secondary / temporary number that you can use to provide you better privacy at the outset. You must inform anyone who has your alternative number that calls will be more expensive. Please do your own research into this matter before making any decisions.
- When you decide to meet face to face for the first time, choose a public place (such as a restaurant / cafe) at a time when many people are around and ensure you use your own transportation to and from the venue.
- For the first meeting it is always a good idea to take a friend or relative along and ask him/her to do the same. This will also mean that you get a second opinion prior to moving forward.
- Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it.
- Remember that you are in control when it comes to taking an online relationship offline.
- If you decide to arrange a meeting, you always have the right to change your mind. Trust yourself. Go with your instincts.
- In case you do decide to meet alone, leave the name, telephone number and the venue of the meeting point with a friend or family member for extra peace of mind.
- Be wary of those who ask for money. Remember a genuine person will not ask you for money in any circumstance. If someone asks you for money, use common sense and never give in to such requests.
- Don’t forget, take as much time as you need to decide on a trustworthy person. Be responsible about romance it does not happen overnight. Trust and getting to know someone takes time and commitment from both parties.
- Don’t send contact information until your instincts tell you that this is someone you can trust. It’s okay to take your time.
- Don’t include your personal contact information like home address, home telephone numbers, place of work or any other identifying information in your initial messages.
- Don’t use signature lines in your emails that include your phone numbers and addresses.
- Never arrange for your prospective match to pick you up or drop you at home.
- Don’t go to a secluded / private place alone on a first meeting. Always let this happen at a public place.
- Don’t ignore the following behaviour especially if it is without an acceptable explanation: Providing inconsistent information about age, interests, appearance, marital status, profession, employment, lying etc.
- Don’t waste time talking to those who fail to provide direct answers to direct questions.
- Avoid taking the relationship further with those who appear significantly different in person from their online persona.
- Don’t continue talking to people who have never introduced you to friends, professional associates, family members or able to offer some sort of reference from reputed people.
- Using your own judgment is your best approach because ultimately you are responsible for your personal experience. Trust your instincts and then move forward at a pace you feel comfortable.
If you notice ANY suspicious behaviour, be sure to click the report abuse button and give us as much details as possible and a member of our team shall contact you within 24 hours. Remember, you can always report abuse to the local law enforcement authorities.