The majority of Flyinghitchhiker users are trustworthy and well-intentioned.
Nevertheless, it's very important to take the same common sense precautions online and offline.
When meeting someone or attending an event, please remember to:
- Insist on a public meeting place
- Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home
- Tell a friend or family member where you're going
- Take your cell phone along if you have one
- Consider having a friend accompany you
- Trust your instincts
- Dont be afraid to refuse a flight or event for any reason
If participating in a Flight, please remember to:
- Contact your local aviation authority regarding specific questions.
- Check the airworthiness certificates of the aircraft
- Check the pilot licenses and medical certificate of the pilot
- Check the identification of all participants
- Make sure no participants are caring illegal contraband or weapons
- Assure that all flight and weather requirements are met for the flight
- Assure participants don't have any medical conditions that could be dangerous for the flight.
- Dont be afraid to refuse any participant in a flight or event for any reason.
Note: All aviation authorities worldwide have rules and regulations that must be followed when participating in a flight or aviation related event. Under most regulatory aviation authorities it may be permitted for participants of a flight to share the expenses of a flight or event. Contact your local aviation authority for more detailed information regarding regulations, airplane information, pilot information, air carrier information, or any specific questions.
Taking simple precautions helps make Flyinghitchhiker safer and more exciting for everyone.
For more information about personal safety and aviation regulations, check out these resources:
Most scams involve one or more of the following:
- inquiry from someone far away, often in another country
- Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee"
- inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consumating transaction
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
If you suspect that a Flyinghitchiker post may be part of a scam, please send us the details.
- Internet Fraud Complaint Center
- FTC Video: How to report scams to the FTC
- FTC online complaint form
- FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
- Consumer Sentinel/Military (for reports from services members or their families)
- SIIA Software and Content Piracy reporting
Resources for Ohio residents
- Ohio Attorney General Consumer Complaints
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or 888-495-8501 (toll-free)
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.