If you identify with at least two of the below scenarios, Knutsson says you could be falling prey to a scam artist. Dumb Date Data Physical descriptions need to be proportional.
For example, someone who is 6-feet tall usually does not weigh 90 lbs.
A line that sounds like it could be from someone in a far-off country but portraying themselves to be in your same city will usually have a local dialect misfire.
Someone reluctant to speak on live video, claiming shyness or that they can’t find a camera, should be a red flag.2.
Profile Picture Test Professional photos are a red flag. Tip: Use a Google Goggles search on your phone to see if the photo they’ve shared with you can be spotted elsewhere online.
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Angie’s 20-year-old son, Brandon, says his mother is in deep denial and can’t even see that she’s being scammed. Angie says she has been dating Danny for more than a year, after meeting him on an online dating site. She says she’s sent him money about 30 to 40 times, totaling at least $175,000, after he made up excuses as to why he needed it. Angie’s son, Brandon, says his mom is a “lunatic” who can’t see that she’s being duped — and if his mother continues to carry on the relationship with Danny, he’ll stop talking to her.
Like Facebook, Twitter accounts created around the same time as dating profiles should be treated with caution.
If you believe you've been the victim of an Internet scam, go to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center for more information.
Although most catfishers are not after money, this one should be a wake-up call to a scam. Facebook Fakers At this point, if someone has no Facebook page, but they are sophisticated enough to create an online dating profile, be warned. Signs of a fake Facebook profile can include the fact that the Facebook page was started near the same time that a dating profile elsewhere was established, if few photos are posted, or if there are no people tagged in their photos to show a connection in a relationship.
If they are on Twitter, read through historic tweets to see if the story they tell matches up to the same the person you are prospectively dating.
Ask to have a live video talk using Skype or Facetime.