While the dating apps have taken the app industry by storm, it seems that finding a partner who matches your interests is now easier than ever. These dating apps have ensured us that finding the right person for us is just one swipe away. And most of the time it does work. But what about when it doesn’t?
Meeting new people online
Dating apps have made it easier for us to meet new people almost whenever we want to. It has narrowed down the search to precise interests using which we can identify beforehand how much compatible the other person might be for us. However, just like everything digital, dating apps are also prone to scams.
These online scams vary in range. Some scams involve extracting money from us, some target our personal information, and other targets both data and money.
So today, we are talking about top ways to identify online dating scams and protect not only our privacy, but also reputation, time, and finances.
1- A Ghost at Play
One of the easiest ways to identify if a person talking to you on some dating website or app is real or not is to run an online search for them. Almost 95% of the time, these hackers and scammers will use a picture of an object, or a stock photo of someone else. You will need to check the person’s social media accounts. If you think that someone is trying to get so much close to you in a short period of time, make sure to run a search for them online. Send a message to the social media accounts with the same picture and information they have mentioned. Most of the time, there won’t be any digital presence.
2- 1000% Compatible?
These hackers & scammers know how to emotionally manipulate someone. They will start by surprising you when they tell you that they love exactly what you love. If you love to shop online, they also love to shop online, if you love burgers, they do too. If you find that they are always doing what you are (coincidence?) You should be careful as they might just b trying to lure you into an online dating scam by getting closer to you.
3- The Most Beautiful Person Ever
While yes, everyone tries to look their best on digital platforms especially dating ones. However, if the photos they are posting or using on their profiles are always top-notch and professional, you should be alert. What you need to do is to either run an image search (only if you think the profile may be fake) or invite them to a video chat. If they hesitate every time you ask them, you know something’s not right.
4- Constantly Travelling
While yes, traveling has inevitably become part of many jobs, it is still horrible to notice that your online dating partner is always on the move whenever you want to meet them. They will try to show you all kinds of destinations, telling you in-person meeting will not be possible.