Mobile Friendship Safety Tips

At CELL CHAT, user safety is a priority. We understand that meeting someone for the first time whether mobile, through an acquaintance or on an outing is intriguing and exciting, however, your safety is very important and because you are in control of your experience, there are certain safety steps that you should follow while meeting new people.
We ask you to read the tips and information below, and strongly urge you to follow these guidelines in the interest of your personal safety and well-being. However, you are always the best judge of your own safety, and these guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for your own judgment.

Protect your Personal Information
Never give personal information, such as: your social security number, credit card number or bank information, or your work or home address to people you don’t know or haven’t met in person.

Protect your Finances & Never Send Money or Financial Information
Never respond to any request to send money, especially overseas or by wire transfer, and report it to us immediately – even if the person claims to be in an emergency. Wiring money is like sending cash: the sender has no protections against loss and it’s nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money.

Report all Suspicious Behavior
Additionally, please report anyone who violates our Terms of Use. Examples of Terms of Use violations include:
  • Asking you for money or donations
  • Requesting photographs
  • Minors using the platform
  • Members sending harassing or offensive messages
  • Members behaving inappropriately during or after meeting in person
  • Fraudulent registration

Never Respond to Messages that are Hostile, Inappropriate or make you feel Uncomfortable
It isn’t your fault if you get a message that is mean or in any way makes you feel uncomfortable.
If you get such a message, don’t respond.

Do Not Reveal Information about your Friends
Be careful what you say about your friends and their personal info.
They’ve told you as a friend, so you shouldn’t pass anything on to people they don’t know.

Use Common Sense
While the vast majority of people using mobile services such as CELL CHAT are normal and law-abiding, unfortunately the network world - just like the normal world does have its share of unscrupulous users lurking in dark corners waiting to take advantage of trusting or naive people.
Our advice is to use common sense as you would everywhere else. Don't be overly paranoid but always stay alert. If something or someone sounds too good to be true then they probably are. Remember your safety is far more important than one person's opinion of you.

Be Honest and Expect Honesty
Always be honest. While you should not provide your real name or other identifiable information, don't mislead other members about other aspects of your life or on what you expect in a friendship. Remember that there are real people at the other end of the connections, and just like the real world, lying or otherwise misleading people may result in hurt or angry feelings.
You should also watch carefully for other members being dishonest. Make sure that they provide consistent age, interests, employment and marital status. Be aware that indirect answers to direct questions may indicate dishonesty.
Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions. Repeating portions of questions or re-asking questions already covered will help you detect liars and cons, while helping you work out if you are compatible.

Real Life Safety Tips

If you do meet someone in real life, always take precautions and follow these guidelines to help you stay safe.

Get to Know the Other Person
Really get to know members using CELL CHAT before meeting them in person. Bad actors often push people to communicate off the service immediately. It’s up to you to research and do your due diligence.

Always Meet and Stay in Public
Meet for the first few times in a populated, public place – never in a private or remote location and never at your friend’s home or apartment. If your friend pressures you, end the meeting and leave at once.

Tell your Friends and Family Members of your Plans
Inform a friend or family member of your plans and when and where you’re going. Make sure you have your cell phone charged and with you at all times.

Transport Yourself to and from the Meeting
You need to be independent and in control of your own transportation, especially in case things don’t work out.

Stay Sober
Consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs can impair your judgment and potentially put you in danger. It’s important to keep a clear mind and avoid anything that might place you at risk. Be aware that bad actors might try to take advantage of you by altering your beverage(s) with synthetic substances.