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Safety

Users must comply with all applicable laws, the SPOTLITE terms of use, and all posted site rules.
Here is a partial list of goods, services, and content prohibited on SpotLite:

  • weapons; firearms/guns and components; BB/pellet, stun, and spear guns; etc

  • ammunition, clips, cartridges, reloading materials, gunpowder, fireworks, explosives

  • offers, solicitation, or facilitation of illegal prostitution and/or sex trafficking

  • exploitation or endangerment of minors; child pornography

  • recalled items; hazardous materials; body parts/fluids; un-sanitized bedding/clothing

  • prescription drugs, medical devices; controlled substances, and related items

  • alcohol or tobacco; unpackaged or adulterated food or cosmetics

  • pet sales (re-homing with small adoption fee ok), animal parts, stud service
    endangered, imperiled, and/or protected species and any parts thereof, e.g. ivory

  • false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent content; bait and switch; keyword spam

  • offensive, obscene, defamatory, threatening, or malicious postings or email

  • anyone’s personal, identifying, confidential, or proprietary information

  • food stamps, WIC vouchers, SNAP or WIC goods, governmental assistance

  • stolen property, property with serial number removed/altered, burglary tools, etc

  • ID cards, licenses, police insignia, government documents, birth certificates, etc

  • US military items not demilitarized in accord with Defense Department policy

  • counterfeit, replica, or pirated items; tickets or gift cards that restrict transfer

  • lottery or raffle tickets, sweepstakes entries, slot machines, gambling items

  • spam; miscategorized, over posted, cross-posted, or nonlocal content

  • postings or email the primary purpose of which is to drive traffic to a website

  • postings or email offering, promoting or linking to unsolicited products or services

  • affiliate marketing; network, or multi-level marketing; pyramid schemes

  • any good, service, or content that violates the law or legal rights of others

Please don't use SPOTLITE for these purposes, and flag anyone else you see doing so.
Thanks for helping keep SpotLite safe and useful for everyone.


Personal Safety

The overwhelming majority of SpotLite users are trustworthy and well-meaning. Nevertheless, please take the same common-sense precautions online as you would offline.

When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:

  • Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe, bank, or shopping center.

  • Do not meet in a secluded place or invite strangers into your home.

  • Be especially careful buying/selling high-value items.

  • Call, FaceTime, Video call to verify identity.

  • Check websites if provided to verify integrity.

  • 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.

Taking these simple precautions helps make SpotLite safer for everyone.

Avoiding Scams

  • Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.

  • Do not provide payment to anyone you have not met in person.

  • Beware offers involving shipping - deal with locals you can meet in person.

  • Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) - anyone who asks you to is a scammer.

  • Don't accept cashier/certified checks or money orders - banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.

  • Transactions are between users only; no third party provides a "guarantee".

  • Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, PayPal account, etc).

  • Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen—that amazing "deal" may not exist.

  • Refuse background/credit checks until you have met the landlord/employer in person.

  • "SpotLite voicemails" - Any message asking you to access or check "SpotLite voicemails" or "SpotLite voice messages" is fraudulent - no such service exists.

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