With the advent of Internet, many new friendships are made, however,
There is also the higher risk of personal safety.
Who remembers being taught:
Anyone who meets someone online, please heed this warning.
Please always ensure you video chat, prior to meeting f2f.
1st meetings should be in Public, with CCTV prevalent and Support Persons around you too.
Genuine people will provide a Written, Signed, Legal Document.
Also: Their licence, Recent (Under 12 months) Police Check and Working With Children Check Card.
I never meet anyone in private the 1st few times.
I also provide details of meetings to a trusted friend, with the approx maximum time of contacting them, and local Law Enforcement too, just in case.
I include contact details of the person I’m meeting.
In 2006, I travelled to Melbourne to meet an online friend, who offered their bed for me to share.
I had no address information or an escape plan. I only had the suburb.
I gave this persons name, number and suburb to a trusted friend, with an approx time I would contact them.
Thankfully it all worked out fine.
This advice also applies to any business dealings.
When I worked for ATO, as a Call Centre Agent, a big part of my day, was filling in scam watch forms.
Scammers will try anything to scam money.
I know the signs now.
Please take note of my advice, because it could save your life, and finances too.
NEVER PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION TO SOMEONE YOU DONT KNOW.
Always do research about any person or business you deal with.
Currently my business address is my residential address.