Arab dating should be a fun, safe, and rewarding experience for Arab singles. Here at Arab Lounge, we take your safety very seriously, which is why we are so proud of our five-star safety program and the many tools we give to our members to help them feel comfortable when talking to other Arab singles. But no matter how you date – whether with friends and coworkers or at online dating sites like Arab Lounge – there are steps you should take to make the process as safe as possible. By using these common sense precautions, you can ensure that you will meet other Arab singles who are interested in meeting the man or woman of their dreams while avoiding those who would look to take advantage of those looking for love. Here are a few of our top tips for Arab singles who want to enjoy online dating in the safest ways possible.
Before we go further, we want to remind you that there are several things you can do on Arab Lounge when you run into suspicious behavior. The most immediate step you can take is to block a suspicious member from blocking you by clicking the "Block Messages, Winks and IMs from this user" button. This will prevent you from seeing any messages from that member, and they will be informed of the block should they try to contact you again.
While blocking a member should be enough to end any contact between another member and you, the Arab Lounge staff appreciates being told if you think a member is engaged in suspicious activities, or if they are harassing you and other members. You may report such behavior by clicking out the Report a Concern button found at the top and bottom of every member profile page.
While the vast majority of our members are real Arab singles who want to meet the love of their lives, we can't conduct background checks on every Arab Lounge member, which means that there will be those profiles created for less romantic reasons. One common scam that can be found on all online dating sites is money based, and it is easily avoided if you follow a simple rule of thumb: never send money to someone who you meet on an online dating site!
The basic scam goes something like this. After a pleasant message or two with someone you think is a potential date, they will tell you about an emergency that has occurred in their life. Maybe there's a problem with a former partner, or someone in their family has a medical problem. Since you've gotten along so well with them, can't you send a little money to help get them out of this sudden financial dilemma?
Of course, the best policy is to ignore these requests and end contact with anyone who makes one. At Arab Lounge, you should never give anyone else information you feel uncomfortable sharing, and you should take your time getting to know your dates – and financial commitments should definitely wait until you're actually in a relationship.
It's important to only share information you're comfortable with other Arab singles knowing, and to share that information at a reasonable pace. For instance, in early communication, you probably shouldn't give another member your phone number, address, or full name. Many members eventually move on to phone conversations after they've used Arab Lounge's communication features, but you may wish to keep your name and address private for longer – even if another member comes up with an excuse as to why they want that information.
Some important steps to take have little to do with Arab dating, and more to do with being a smart internet user. For instance, don't click on any strange links that you see in a message you receive. Don't share passwords or login information to your Arab Lounge profile, or to other websites. Also, be careful when logging into your account from a public computer: log out when you're done at Arab Lounge, and be sure you haven't let the computer save your password for our site or any others.
As your relationship moves from Arab Lounge to a real world meeting, you're sure to be exciting about the prospect of having a real Arab dating experience. However, while most in-person meetings will be enjoyable, there are a few steps you should take to ensure your safety when meeting someone you've never seen before.
First of all, make sure that your first date takes place in a public location. This ensures that you can leave if you feel uncomfortable, and that plenty of other people will be around to create a safe environment. Similarly, a first date should probably stay in public – no matter how well you get along with other Arab singles, you probably shouldn't go back to their home the first time you meet them.
Also, make sure that you're told a friend about your date so they know where you are and what you're doing. Again, this is just a precaution to ensure that you're never really on your own, and will probably make you feel more comfortable (and thus enjoy yourself more) when meeting an Arab man or woman for the first time.
None of this information is meant to scare you. Here at Arab Lounge, thousands of Arab singles are meeting each other every day and having a great time doing so. We just want you to keep these tips for safe Arab dating in the back of your mind so that you can avoid most of the potential pitfalls that come with dating, and instead stay focused on meeting Arab singles – and hopefully finding the one that's just right for you!