PEERSPOT brings people closer for building on experiences. And our community is constantly growing.
With so many people on PEERSPOT, user safety is a priority. We understand that meeting someone for the first time whether online, 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 PEERSPOT experience, there are certain safety steps that you should follow while meeting – both on-call and in-person.
We ask you to read the instructions 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.
In case of virtual meeting, PeerSpot encourages peers to execute the virtual meeting using the built-in Audio-Video tool. Executing virtual meeting over any such medium, i.e. personal phone number / whatsapp call / skype / hangout / etc may not ensuring privacy.
- Protect Your Finances & Never Send Money or Financial Information
- Never respond to any request to send money, especially overseas or via 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.
- Protect Your Personal Information
- Never give personal information, such as your Aadhaar card number (or any such identity), credit card number or bank information, or your work or home address to people you don’t know or haven’t met in person.
- Never indulge any discussion that seems inappropriate and unwanted/unanticipated.
Note: PEERSPOT will never send you an email asking for your username and password information, related to your banking details or even Credit Card or Debit Crad or OPT. Any such communication should be reported immediately.
Be Wise when online
- Spam the suspicious users, when they send you meeting request. You can block and report concerns about any suspicious user at any time to PEERSPOT. Keep conversations on the platform. Bad actors will try to move the conversation to text, personal email or phone conversations.
- Report All Suspicious Behavior to firstname.lastname@example.org
In-person meeting Behavior
Meetings are exciting, but always take precautions and follow these guidelines to help you stay safe:
- Get to Know the Other Person: Keep your communications limited to the platform and really get to know users online/using the app before meeting them in person. Bad actors often push people to communicate off the platform immediately. It’s up to you to research and do your due diligence.
- Always Meet and Stay in Public: Meet for the first time in a populated, public place – never in a private or remote location, and never at your home or apartment. If the peer pressures you, finish the date and report it to PEERSPOT.
- 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.
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.
PEERSPOT is not meant for building personal/sexual/social relationship. However, any user indulges into it at one's own prerogative needs to take care of
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Make sure to report the competent governing authorities in the events of any such misbehavior by any of the members during the meeting (in-person or on-call). In such cases, leave the meeting if you feel inappropriate and report it to PEERSPOT.
Please keep the emergency contact numbers of the Policy, Ambulance and Fire at hand. If something has happened and you’re in need of help, support or advice pertaining to physical or sexual assault, please call the respective authority. You may keep PEERSPOT in the loop.