This thread is prompted by the "Retired Escort" thread - shortened version of the title and comments from other board members including mod8 encouraging a thread touching on various safety issues ( basic common sense).
Do not wish to re-visit the details of the thread in question.
Also, prefer focusing on specific topics as opposed to bouncing around from topic to subtopic, from actual to hearsay, etc.
Basic to any scam is The Taint. People running a scam do not want the target or victim going to the police so they will try to "taint" the target by getting them involved in some sort of insignificant illegal activity. Example. You see a provider and eventually repeat, then a relationship developes - the hook is taken. Diner follows, off the clock activities, etc. She asks you to purchase a substance or drive her to work. Don't. Things go wrong and you have to go to the police but your credibility is shot. You now have a history of providing the provider with illegal substances or driving her to work - living of the avails.
Be very vigilant about "The Taint" in any approach or request.