Safety Guide

Stay safe on Oh My Japan by paying attention to the points below.

If you need help

If you feel you are in immediate danger, please contact your local police.

If you are concerned about your safety on Oh My Japan,contact support.

When Using the Oh My Japan Website

Never send money (except to teachers and tour guides).

If someone asks for information about your bank account, stop talking to the person and report the member to us immediately.

If someone says they are in trouble and need money (a common scam is to need money in an airport while traveling to get out of customs), this is definitely a scam. Again, in this case, block the member and report them to OMJ.

Learn more about how to avoid romance scams.

Never share your password.

  • Oh My Japan staff will never ask for your password. If someone asks for your password, report them to us so that we can take action.
  • Do not share your log-in information with anyone, including romantic partners. If your partner does not trust you, you need to talk to each other, not share your OMJ password.

Be careful when exchanging contact information (email addresses, LINE, Skype, etc.).

  • We recommend exchanging several messages with other members on OMJ first to make sure the person is okay. There is no limit to the number of replies you can send on OMJ, so you can safely use this website to keep your privacy while talking to new people.
  • When sharing your email address, do not use your normal everyday email address. Instead, use a second email address from a free email service provider such as Gmail (even if you already have a Gmail account, Google makes it easy to use multiple Gmail accounts). If you share your primary email address, people can also find you on Facebook and other services; by using a second email address, you can keep your privacy until you are sure you trust the other person.
  • Remember that Oh My Japan does not verify members' identities.

    On OMJ, all profiles are approved, but the content of the profiles is not verified. We cannot and do not guarantee that members are who they say they are.

    We do take actions against members who are reported for abuse. However, we cannot be responsible for the actions of OMJ members. Be alert and use common sense when communicating with other members.

    If you receive any message that you think is abusive, threatening, or harassment, please block that member and report him or her using the red button on the messages page. We will not alert the member that you reported him or her.

    When Meeting in Real Life

    When you make plans to meet someone off the Internet

    • Always tell a friend or family member where you are going.
    • Always choose to meet in a well-lit public place where there are many people. Never meet at the person's home.
    • Arrange to get to and from the place you are going to meet on your own. Do not have the person pick you up in a car.

    About alcohol

    Stay sober! Drinking too much alcohol can lead you to do something you later regret.

    Never leave your drink unattended. Date rape drugs are increasingly common. If you leave a drink at the table when going to the restroom, never finish the drink upon your return.

    About your stuff

    • Do not leave your personal belongings with the other person. If you go to the restroom, take everything with you.
    • Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged before you leave and keep it on at all times. If you go somewhere else, call or send a text message to the friend or family member whom you told about the meeting.
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