The overwhelming majority of Hello Jeffrey users are trustworthy and well-intentioned. Nevertheless, with all of the human interactions facilitated through Hello Jeffrey, it's very important to take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline.
When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:
- Consider discussing with the host or staff in advance to not only discuss party details, but to also get a sense of the people that you will be working with. If there are any concerns, please report any incident to Hello Jeffrey and if necessary, any local officials.
- Tell a friend or family member where you're going
- Take your cell phone along with you.
- Trust your instincts
Taking these simple precautions helps make Hello Jeffrey safer for everyone.
You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules whenever using Hello Jeffrey:
Only deal with Local People - Don’t attempt to work outside of your local area. Follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
Hello Jeffrey handles all financial transactions - NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service for any reason - anyone who asks you to do so is likely a scammer. NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
We don’t ask for credit checks or background checks for our jobs, therefore if a request comes from us, it’s a scam.
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
- Hello Jeffrey personnel
- Internet Fraud Complaint Center
- FTC Video: How to report scams to the FTC
- FTC complaint form and hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
- Consumer Sentinel/Military (for armed service members and families)
- SIIA Software and Content Piracy reporting
For more information about personal safety online, check out these resources:
Still have questions? try our help desk discussion forum. [?] You can also send us a note.