Staysafe online series #3: How to spot a fake profile 101

  1.   If the profile shows this face – it is fake
  2. If the profile only has one picture – it is probably fake
  3. If the profile is thousands of miles from you – it is probably fake
  4. If the profile contacts you and professes “love” for you very quickly, and before actually meeting – it is most definitely fake!
  5. If the profile asks you for money; even very small amounts – it is fake.
  6. If the profile picture is extremely attractive – have a talk to yourself, are they really interested in you? Yes, personality is important – but most people go for people that are fairly evenly matched in the looks stakes.  Be honest with yourself.
  7. If the profile contacts you and uses the word “dear”, as in Hello dear … run a mile – in my experience they are ALWAYS fake.
  8. Read this on how to spot a fake profile from More
  9. Read this on how to spot a scammer from Match.com
  10. A note of caution regarding the More statement that the majority of dating sites that have fake profiles are the FREE sites.  I don’t agree with this – in my experience the fakes are on the paid for sites.  I think that scammers think that potential dupes will feel safer on a paid for site.
  11. If your crush has arranged to meet you a number of times, but something always comes up – beware, they are most probably a fake!
  12. If there isn’t a lot of information in the profile – it is probably fake.
  13. Beware though, in my own very recent case, although the profile (on Tinder) had next to no information, the information that was shared subsequently was extensive, and plausible, as they had misappropriated the identity of the guy featured in point 1 above.

This is what one of the leading dating websites has to say about scammers.  I’m not convinced about how effective they are at preventing re-registration, but I would love to have a conversation about them with this:

HOW TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST SCAMMERS

Match’s dedicated Customer Care team works hard to ensure that unwanted accounts are removed from the site. Our moderation team manually check photos and personal ads across the site and a built-in screening system helps identify suspicious accounts, remove them and prevent re-registration.

That’s all for now folks, I do hope that you read with me again soon.

#Staysafe #onlinedating #staysafeonine #socialmedia

Later,

Carol xOxO

If you are approached on any site from a profile using images of this man (Captain Thomas Lindegaard), please be aware that there is a Tsunami of fake profiles out there using his images.

If you are approached by anyone using his images, please report this to Captain Lindegaard via Messenger on Facebook @CaptainThomasLindegaard.  You can also check out his Fake Alert page on Facebook by clicking the link.

As ever, images of Captain Thomas Lindegaard are used with his kind permission.  Copyright remains with him and these should not be used for any reason without his explicit consent.

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