Safety Tips
Patook highly recommends that its members follow a basic tips while searching for friends—both online and offline. Please take a few minutes to read the following safety tips to keep your experience enjoyable and secure.

Recognizing Fraud
Please never share your personal or financial information with people you don't know. Here are some guidelines and examples that you must follow, we've gotten these from some actual cases

Here are some examples that were intercepted (and stopped) on Patook in the past few months (modified slightly for brevity)

There are certain red flags to watch for that may indicate you're dealing with a scammer. Be aware of anyone who...
At Patook we care very much about our community and invest in detection systems to protect you. However, even with these measures, we also need your help!
Report any suspicious activity or behavior to us at immediately. It's better to be safe than sorry. Also, this does not impact you only - there are users who are less tech-savvy than you and Patook has users aged from 18 to 90, so not everyone is familiar with scam attempts. If you recognize a scam, please report it.

Patook also bans users who try to flirt or who are here for non-platonic reasons. Enforcing this allows Patook to keep its identity.
While we have strong flirt detectors, if you suspect a user is flirting with you, or here for non-platonic reasons, please report them immediately as those people will typically be targeting others. Most people can identify when they're being hit on but here are some more difficult examples that were intercepted
Most the examples below typically apply to people who are otherwise attracted to your gender (e.g. if you're a woman, straight men or bisexual women are such examples)
Please report all flirting attempts either in-app or in-person. There is zero tolerance on those in this app/site, and you should also have zero tolerance for such behavior. Patook is extremely clear that it is strictly platonic, no flirting allowed, so users who try to circumvent that are being intentionally deceptive, manipulative and sometimes sleazy.

Practical Tips for Making Friends Online and Off

You should always be cautious when communicating with any stranger who wants to meet you. You are in control of your friend making experience at all times—remain anonymous until you feel ready. Remember to always trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe or threatened, cease communication and report any misbehavior immediately to
Examples of terms of use violations include:
Safety Tips for Meeting Offline
In first meetings, please always take precautions and use the following guidelines.

Long Distance Meetings— Safety Suggestions
Long distance meetings also pose safety concerns. We highly recommend you avoid them entirely.
However, if you insist on meeting and have gained a very high level of trust with those persons:

In general, always report any inappropriate behavior to, and if you feel unsafe or threatened by a user, please report them to the police authorities.

Self-harm and suicide threats
In general, if you or another user seem to be having suicidal thoughts, please involve professionals immediately. You might make things worse inadvertently:

Reporting to Authorities

Possible Exploitation of Minors or Children:
In general, if you run into a user or profile that feels like it might be sexually exploiting children or minors, you need to take immediate action. This is an extremely rare scenario but if it happens it is very serious.

Patook LLC is an Electronic Service Provider (ESP) registered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

The NCMEC has a registered direct contact phone number to Patook staff. When they contact us, we can take the user profile down and send all relevant information about that profile to law enforcement.

So if for example, you encounter something that "feels wrong". E.g. appears to show exploited children (for example, underage minors being "offered", or naked minors, etc.), or an adult whose profile looks like they're soliciting such services, please:

1- Contact the NCMEC cypertipline immediately: You might need to note down the username, location, age of the profile you saw so that they're able to reference it. They have the means to contact both the authorities and Patook directly.
2- Report the profile in-app using the Report tool (under the "..." option), then contact Patook at and tell them you've reported a very bad profile. WARNING: do NOT include any attachments or direct links to illegal material (e.g. don't attach the picture in question); this may be in itself illegal and might get you in legal trouble. Just include text saying what happened, what your username is, and that you reported a user and contacted NCMEC.

Possible Imminent harm to user or family:
In general, if you feel a user is at risk of harm, you can contact your police department. It it is urgent, please call the emergency number (e.g. 911 in the US).

You can also ask the police to do a welfare check on the user to make sure everything is all right.

You can still notify authorities if you think they are at risk.

Other illegal activity:
In general, you can report illegal activity anonymously to the FBI or DEA (or if you're not in the US, you can contact the relevant authorities).

So if, for example, a user tries to sell you some illegal drugs, you can go to the DEA website and report them.
If someone is threatening to do harm, you can either contact your local law enforcement or the FBI
If someone is threatening imminent harm or is in imminent danger, please contact the emergency police number (e.g. 911 in the US).

In general, if you're in the US, the Justice Department has a good list of where to file each kind of tip.