12 Romance Scam Red Flags for Online DatersFebruary 12, 2020
- The individual’s online profile seems too-good-to-be-true or photos seem staged or like they are of professional models. 1
- The individual’s online dating profile contains plagiarized content that appears on multiple dating profiles for different people.
- The individual claims to be highly educated, wealthy, and so forth, but the profile is littered with poor grammar, misspellings, etc.
- The individual’s social media profile is very sparse, generic or lacks historical posts.
- The individual’s dating profile and social media don’t seem to align with each other.
- The individual seems to be rushing the relationship—asking you lots of questions and proclaiming his/her love.
- The individual claims not to have or be able to use video chat services such as Skype, so you never get to see him or her. 2
- You complete a Google reverse image search of the individual’s photo and find it belongs to more than one person. Catfishers assume identities with random photos of attractive people.
- The individual tries to drive a wedge between you and your friends or family.
- The individual wants you to communicate directly outside the online dating service through email, instant messaging apps or texts. 3
- 11. You request an in-person date, but the individual keeps coming up with last-minute excuses, often claiming to have an important job that requires world travel. 4
- 12. The individual asks you to send money to him or her without ever having met you.
1 “12 Signs That You Might Be Getting Catfished Online,” SocialCatfish.com, October 17, 2019.
2 “12 Signs That You Might Be Getting Catfished Online,” SocialCatfish.com, October 17, 2019.
3 “Romance Fraud is a Top Cybercrime, the FBI Says,” Security Boulevard, April 29, 2019.
4 “Romance Fraud is a Top Cybercrime, the FBI Says,” Security Boulevard, April 29, 2019.
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