DO NOT contact ppl u have not met in person. Reported members will be booted and banned- NQA
Reporting is better than ignoring as it will prevent other people from having to endure the same annoying contacts
I might also suggest changing your Meetup profile picture to a flower or something.... pretty faces tend to attract unwanted attention.
I know what you mean Miriam, I suppose I expected for meetup we would want to recognise each other. I had a picture of anything else on my fb profile for years for this reason. I changed in April & several previously unknown friends of friends suddenly requested my friendship...