They might also say that they live near you, but that they’re away; they could be in another country on a trip or for work, but they’ll almost certainly be somewhere far away where you can’t meet them.
The photos used by scammers can also clue you in that something is off.
They’ll hit you with the full force of their charm; they’ll say sweet things, compliment you a lot, and talk about how perfect you are for each other within the first couple weeks.
Scammers are good at being charming and saying all the right things—and they start it fast.
They have a lot of victims to get through, so they’re going to try to move things along as quickly as possible.
'They are catfishing [stealing] existing photos from social media, so they pick pictures they know will resonate with their target audience,' a spokesperson for Scamalytics told FEMAIL.'The women's photos tend to be rather booby, pouty selfies whereas the men's are often taken by someone else (as they are photos of men in their late forties, who are unlikely to take selfies).' Read on for our top tips to avoid being scammed on dating sites.- Stay chatting to people using the online dating site's messenger function.
Scammers will try to get you off the site, so your conversation isn't monitored- Be wary if someone is using very flowery or overly romantic language on their profile- Use Google's reverse image search to check where a photo is used elsewhere on the web.
If someone sends you a message and says they’d like to get to know you, save a copy of their picture and use Google’s reverse image search to see if anyone has posted about that photo being used for a scam.
If that image shows up on other profiles with different names, you should be suspicious. If you receive other photos, and anything seems off, be wary.
These methods give them better access to you and can help them gather additional information that they can use to con you.
Don’t fall for it: there’s nothing wrong with staying in touch via the dating site.
It’s possible that it’s someone looking for an affair on a dating site The Internet seems ecstatic about the Ashley Madison hack, with millions of adulterers' and potential adulterers' details hacked and released online, with articles outing individuals found in the data dump. Even if someone’s profile looks legit, there are other signs to keep an eye out for, especially during the beginning of your communication.