We value the safety of our users and The Tribe above all else. There are some basic steps we can all take to ensure a safer experience while using Tribe Outdoors. Please do your part by taking the time to read the safety tips below.
Meeting In Person
Attending offline events are exciting, but always take precautions and follow these guidelines to help you stay safe:
Learn as much as you can about the event creator and event before meeting offline.
You can attempt to screen the event creator by viewing their profile photos and reading their bio. A thoughtful profile bio with a lot of details may be a sign that person may be legit. However, fraudulent profiles can be created easily so you should use your own judgment.
Be wary of events with few or no details. All events are different and require unique levels of detail, but if someone creates an event to hike a 14'er and doesn't provide any details - that could be a red flag. Ask questions in the event Chatter to see how responsive the event creator is and if it's someone you would feel comfortable with meeting offline.
We don’t conduct criminal background checks on our users, so it's up to you to do your own research and remain cautious.
Only attend events with enough participants that you feel comfortable.
Tribe is intended to be a platform for groups of people to connect. You may want to be cautious if the only participants are you and the event creator. Perhaps you only attend events with 3 or more participants, but those are limits you need to set for yourself. If it doesn't feel right, don't do it.
Never meet someone you don't know at a remote location. Always meet in public.
Tribe allows us all to connect around our passions, many of which involve the outdoors. Until you've met and trust someone, it's probably not the best idea to meet them at a trailhead or some other remote location where no one else may be around. Use common sense. You could offer to meet at a coffee shop or in some other public setting prior to the event. Never meet someone at your home or apartment.
Tell a friend. Inform a friend or family member of your plans.
Always let a friend or family member know where you're going, with whom you're meeting and the details of your event, including when you will return. Better yet, invite a friend to join you! Be sure to bring your phone with you.
To ensure your safety, drive yourself to and from the event.
The safest best is to always be in control of your own ride - even if you need to take a taxi or Uber. 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 you've never met before. We love the environment and think carpooling is great, but ultimately we want you to be safe and to trust the person with whom you're meeting first.
Never provide your financial information to anyone
Ignore and immediately report all requests to send money - even if the person claims to be in an emergency. Never give out financial information such as your credit card number, bank information or social security number.
Keep your personal information private
Be careful about sharing any personal information, such as your full name, phone number, address and email. Never put any personal contact information in your Tribe profile. Remember, you are in control of your experience on Tribe at all times - do not disclose any private information until you feel ready. Protect your identity until you are comfortable enough with someone to share it.
Note: Tribe Outdoors will never send you an email asking for your username and password information. Any such communication should be reported immediately.
There are red flags to watch out for that may indicate you’re dealing with a scammer. Be aware of anyone who:
Doesn't post thorough details about their event
Quickly asks to talk or chat on a platform outside of Tribe Outdoors
Comments on your event with links to third-party websites
Asks you for money
Requests for your address
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s advice to avoid online scams is available here
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
Spam or solicitation, such as attempts to sell products or services
Following these guidelines will help keep Our Tribe safe and enjoyable.