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Top 10 Ways To Spot A Dating Site Scam

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Lauren Claessens

Lauren Claessens

Love Doctor & Writer at OverSavvy
Whether you need guidance on a killer first date or how to tell whether you’ve met The One, this doc has the cure. Lauren's expertise comes from years of experience combined with a fresh take on love in all its sweet and spicy forms. And when she’s not on call? You’ll find her drumming with her band at gigs around town.
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You probably already know the drill. An attractive stranger professes their undying love for you, maybe even your hand in marraige and then immediately requests financial assistance, stating only you can help them out. If you care to check, your email spam folder is probably crammed to the gills with such kinds of pleas.

In recent times, these same fraudsters have started to infiltrate dating sites too. The phrase ‘find true love’ has now become the bane of these online social platforms.

Con artists have come to prefer these sites, and routinely utilize sophisticated techniques to dupe the naïve and ultimately milk them dry.

The level of sophistication in terms of pick up lines and images used tend to vary from one criminal to the next. Still, in the long run, the primary objective is always the same.

There are now millions and millions of new scam online dating sites profiles created on a monthly basis. This is attributable to the immense popularity of these online social platforms. So, it is vital to play it safe, and ensure you don’t get hoodwinked by sleazy professions of true love or passion.



Here are the top 10 ways to spot a dating site scam.
Top 10 Ways To Spot A Dating Site Scam

1. Fake photos that indicate a dating site scam

When someone approaches you on a dating site, first take the time to do a Google Images check on their profile avatars. If it is of a model, a stock photo or someone different, then it is a possible warning sign of a dating site scam. Simply ‘right click’ on the profile photo and select “Search Google for image.” [1] (only on chrome browser)

2. Geographical mismatches

This is another conspicuous red flag you should always be on the lookout for. If someone says they are in New York, but their IP address says otherwise, steer clear of them. (Use methods [A] & [B]  to lookup the IP address of your suspect scammer)

3. Disparity in your ages

These fraudsters tend to target individuals who are older than them. In case of males, they routinely favor middle aged ladies between 50 to 80 years old. In their scheme of thinking, this given age set is much richer and susceptible to professions of true love.

4. Check other photos they send you

When you receive photos sent to your profile, try to detect anomalies that don’t add up. This includes backgrounds or landscapes, which don’t tally up with the profile your ‘wooer’ has built.

5. Discrepancies in conversations

If someone asserts they are away, but their profile is still active, always be suspicious. High chances are, they are in the process of conning someone else.

6. Grammatical errors in their conversations

When somebody cannot even write their own name correctly, then be on your guard. This should also be the case if their grammar deteriorates dramatically over time.



7. Stories that contradict each other

In their enthusiasm to commit fraud, these criminals very often contradict themselves. So, if he or she tells you something seemingly innocuous, but later on make the mistake to contradict themselves in a clear way, please beware.

8. Rapid escalation of intimacy or urgency for help

Top 10 Ways To Spot A Dating Site ScamIf you hook up with someone on a dating site or app, who then, in short order, expresses their love to you when you have not even met yet physically, always think twice. These fraudsters always prey on needy and insecure individuals who will swallow up their lies and deceit without thinking twice about it.

Therefore, if the deal happens to be too good, always be cautious. At the same time, after getting to know each other, your prospect abruptly states they are in financial distress and request you to help, watch out!

9. Continuous attempts to move your conversation to other online platforms

A clear dating site scam ‘Red Flag’ to look out for would be if your ‘wooer’ keeps trying to make you chat with them in another online platform other than the one you first ‘met’, make it a point to stubbornly insist you remain there.

Most of these criminals will endeavor to accomplish their shady missions as quickly as they possibly can before their accounts are flagged as fraudulent. This caution drives them to utilize as many forms of dating sites or apps to guarantee their ultimate success.

10. Ask questions about the place they are currently living

When someone suspicious approaches you on an online dating site, always grill them with questions, which will require first-hand local knowledge. This can include locations of popular restaurants, pubs, nightclubs or other major landmarks in the region they say they live in.

Also, make it a point to quiz them on current affairs of that area and country to be doubly sure that they are for real.

 

References
[1] Search by image: Google
[A] 4 ways to trace an IP address: WikiHow
[B] How to find the IP address of a fake profile: Hacker9

Lauren Claessens

Lauren Claessens

Love Doctor & Writer at OverSavvy
Whether you need guidance on a killer first date or how to tell whether you’ve met The One, this doc has the cure. Lauren's expertise comes from years of experience combined with a fresh take on love in all its sweet and spicy forms. And when she’s not on call? You’ll find her drumming with her band at gigs around town.


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