The safety of our users is very important to us. There are steps that everyone can follow to ensure their safety while using Lumberjack. Please take a few minutes to read these tips.
Keep your financial information private
Ignore any request to send money – even if the person claims to be in an emergency – and report it to us immediately. Never give out financial information such as your social security number, or other government issued identification, credit card number or bank information.
Keep your personal information
You are in control of your Lumberjack experience at all times – remain anonymous until you feel ready. Be careful about sharing personal information, such as your full name, phone number, email and address. Protect your identity until you are comfortable enough with someone to share it. Also, leave any personal contact information out of your profile.
Note: Lumberjack will never send you an email asking for your username and password information. Any such communication should be reported immediately.
Spam/Scammers There are red flags to watch out for that may indicate you're dealing with a scammer. Be aware of anyone who:
- Sends you messages containing links to third-party websites
- Quickly asks to talk or chat outside of Lumberjack
- Asks you for money
- Vanishes mysteriously then reappears under a different name
- Asks for your address under the guise of sending flowers or gifts
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's advice to avoid online scams is available here http://bit.ly/2bgPoHm
- Asking you for money or donations
- Anyone that looks like they could be under the age of 18
- Users sending harassing or offensive messages
- Users behaving inappropriately after meeting in person
- Fraudulent profiles
- Spam or solicitation, such as attempts to sell products or services
Meeting In Person
First meetings are exciting, but always take precautions and follow these guidelines to help you stay safe:
Get to know the other person before meeting them offline
Get to know someone through chat before disclosing personal information or meeting in person. We don't conduct criminal background checks on our users, so it’s up to you to do your own research and remain cautious.
Always meet 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.
Tell a friend or family member of your plans.
Tell them who you are meeting, where you are going and when you will return. Bring your phone with you.
Drive yourself to and from the first meeting
Be in control of your own ride – even if you take a taxi. Securing your own ride is important. Even if the person you're meeting volunteers to pick you up, do not get into a vehicle with someone you don’t know and trust, especially if it’s the first meeting.
Following these guidelines will help keep Lumberjack safe and enjoyable.
Lumberjack empowers our users to create relationships. An important aspect of any healthy relationship – whether formed on Lumberjack or otherwise – is ensuring proper sexual health and safety. In that context, below are some tips for anyone forming a new relationship to protect their well-being.
Individuals should use proper protection. Condoms and other mechanisms can significantly reduce the risk of contracting or passing on an STD, such as HIV. However, you can still get certain STDs, like herpes or HPV from contact with your partner’s skin even when using a condom. In addition, some STDs can be contracted by infected mosquitos, like the Zika virus. To be effective, however, any protective measure must be used consistently.
Be open and honest.
It is completely reasonable to have a conversation with your partner regarding sex before actually having it. All issues ranging from the number of partners each of you has had, to the last time each of you was tested for STDs are fair game. Many STDs are curable or treatable. If either you or your partner has an STD that is curable, you both need to start treatment to avoid becoming reinfected. It is important to be completely honest in these conversations.
The risk of contracting some STDs can be reduced through vaccination. Talk to your doctor or a professional at a sexual health clinic to learn more.
Know your status.
Know your status. Some STDs don't show symptoms. Regular testing is critical to staying on top of your health and helping prevent the spread of STDs. After testing, always ask for a copy of your test results so you are sure of your status.