Happy Holidays and Be Safe!

From: ellen
Sent on: Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:52 AM

Happy December! Please have a wonderful Holiday season with your family and friends.  If traveling be safe! Looking forward to seeing you all in January at some of our events.

If you didn't receive the email, December is customer appreciation month for Pre-Dating Speed Dating and they are offering a 30% off deal with the code CAM30 that is good with any registration through December 31st at www.pre-dating.com.

I wanted to send a quick reminder to everyone about being safe online (on meetup or any other site).

Currently, this Meetup site has over 230 members. I want to believe that all of you are amazing, sweet, kind and REAL- but I know for a fact that we sometimes have "spam" members because I have to remove them.
So here are some safety tips. Please, please, please... follow the below advice:

  1. Do NOT meet, exchange phone numbers, emails with someone who contacts you off of your profile. This isn't match.com, meetup isn't meant for you to browse profiles and email each other, even though you can.  The beauty of meeting in person first at a group outing is you can weed out a lot of the scammers or weirdos! Our meetups do a great job of this!
  2. Follow your gut. If something seems wrong, don't do it.
  3. Tell family or friends when you do accept a date. Where you are going, with who and what time you'll be back.
  4. Don't get picked up at home, don't offer to pick her or him up at home.
  5. Have fun. I don't mean to send this out to scare people. I've had meetup groups since 2010 and have had ZERO bad things actually happen to a member or myself. I've met awesome people, many people have had great dates and a few marriages from our meetups, including Speed Dating and Lock and Key Events. That's awesome and I want you to be the next!
  6. It's okay not to respond to emails. Example: I am a member of several meetup groups. I receive emails sometimes that are "spam" from men or women who want to get to know me, even though they live in Aruba or are out of the country for work. I ignore all emails unless it's a direct question about a certain event. Anything that starts out "hey sexy" is automatically looked into and banned.

What you can do with spam email or creepy email:

  • Tell me. Forward me the email and a link to the person who sent it. ([address removed])

Some of people who email you directly from meetup are spam. The whole point of meetup is to MEET in PERSON with a GROUP.

You probably already know all of this but I love this group and want the best for you all.  Happy Holidays and Happy Dating!



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