There's good information in the forum about burner cell phones, when to/not to offer money, and other defensive strategies. Thanks for all the tips, guys and gals.
I can't help but think for some people paranoia is more of a lifestyle than a defense against likely threats. For example, I couldn't help thinking after reading how to defeat FasTrack transponders, "can't you justify a trip across the bridge for... shopping? business?" As a newbie, I'm more worried about pulling into an outcall and seeing a late model unmarked car pull in behind me.
Can you guys take it one step further and identify what exactly it is we're worried about?
Our phones lock down, so we only need burners if we think someone with superpowers is going to get into our records. By superpowers, I mean "subpoena" or an LE-caliber IT department. By that point, aren't I more worried about explaining the charge for bail on my credit card?
Providers want proof of identity. I'm not sure what this accomplishes. If I turn out to be a bad person, will the provider call LE on me? Seems unlikely. Will they call their bouncer friends to pay me a visit? I have located a provider who has kindly offered to meet me without references provided I show ID. This seems almost suspiciously generous, although if you advertise for "newbies" presumably you are willing to be relaxed about references.
I use a VPN, private mode, and a burner. I think this is sufficient to keep my communications secure and anonymous. Do you think so?
Maybe some of you who are unfortunate enough to have had LE interactions will have advice. I guess I'm more worried about getting busted than robbed.
Ideally, it'll end up being a pleasant and respectful hour for both of us, satisfying a fantasy (me) or making some money (her). It's too bad there's so much negative energy required thinking about what if it's not ideal.
I welcome your comments.