Tuesday 1 November 2016

How to avoid dating scams

dating scams

Being entrapped in a dating scam is not longer an uncommon practice anymore. Scammers do use different ways to trap you.

Here are quick tips which will help you to stay safe from dating scams:

  • If you’re suspicious about a profile report it to the dating website or app so they can investigate it.

  • Try doing your own detective work – ask them for their full name and look them up on Google and social media.

  • Don’t be afraid to question their authenticity – if they are genuine they won’t mind you trying to verify them.

  • Remember, they may spend months building a relationship with you and will only ask for money once you’re emotionally involved.

  • Ask a friend for advice as they are not as emotionally involved as you, they may be able to see something you can’t.

  • Look out for fake or stolen photographs. You can use sites like TinEye.com to check the authenticity of a photo and you can try doing a reverse image search on Google (by clicking on the camera logo in the search bar and uploading an image) to see if they are using a fake picture.

  • Never give out too much personal information, such as your home address, phone number or email.

  • Consider setting up a new email address to use for online dating and perhaps even get a cheap Pay As You Go phone to use for making phone calls.



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