How to Spot Fake Online Dating Profiles – Although online dating can be an excellent way to meet new people from all over the world, it can also be an excellent way to meet people who are posing as other people. Not everybody who creates a fake profile does so with the intention of scamming others; some just aren’t comfortable being themselves and therefore create a fake profile. Recognize these fake accounts immediately to avoid being drawn into conversation with someone who does not exist.
How to Spot Fake Online Dating Profiles
A brief glance at a profile will show a great deal right away. Always bear in mind that if a profile seems to be too good to be true (such as a drop-dead gorgeous international dignitary looking for someone to sail the globe on his or her dime), it most definitely is.
Lack of Photos
If the profile contains only one or two images — or if the photos appear to be generic stock photos (of people smiling at the camera), this could be a red flag that the profile is not authentic. Stealing photos from other people’s social media accounts is not difficult, and an abundance of photos does not necessarily indicate a genuine profile; however, a lack of photos or one or two generic photos which indicate a fake profile.
Lack of Information
A profile with just a couple of photos and the bare minimum of details could have been created by someone who isn’t particularly willing to put their best foot forward and just wants to get their profile up and running so they can begin messaging people. It’s a sign of someone who is either pretending to be someone they are not or who is too lazy to make an effort to meet someone.
Check the Photo
Click and drag the picture through a Google image search, a trick popularized by MTV’s Catfish show. This will display any additional websites that use the same image. Pay attention to the specifics if it appears on other websites.
- Is it used as a stock picture on a commercial website? If this is the case, it was almost certainly copied for the dating profile.
- Is it listed under a different name on social media profiles? If this is the case, the owner of the dating profile could have copied the photo from the social media page.
Check Social Media Profiles
Conduct a search on social media for the profile’s name. If the dating profile is fraudulent, there will be no social media profile matches. Check multiple platforms; certain individuals actually tend to avoid those websites. If you do come across some matching social media accounts, check to see how long the profile has been active and how many friends or contacts the person has. A brand-new social media profile with a small number of followers may mean that the profile was created with the intention of developing a persona across multiple platforms.
Some online profiles were developed by humans but are managed by bots; any interaction you have with them will sound a little off and stilted as a result of the fact that a computer program is in charge of communicating with you. If you find yourself in an unusual conversation with someone from a dating website, it’s possible that you’re conversing with a computer program.
Another way to say in conversation is if you receive generic messages that could easily be sent to several people without modification; this could mean that a person is chatting with a large number of people from a generated persona rather than seeking out a single person with whom to communicate. Therefore, if messages remain generic, such as “Good morning – go make today the best day!” or similar messages, there is a possibility you are dealing with someone who built a fake profile in order to communicate with as many people as possible – maybe to scam them or solicit money.
Scam or Shy?
Certain individuals join dating websites for the express purpose of scamming other members by creating a false identity and posing as someone they are not. These scammers entice people into an online relationship and then bring up the need for money to visit them, or how they urgently need money to pay the rent or whatever other emergency they can conjure up. Others wish to represent something other than themselves because they are dissatisfied with their true self. Indeed, eHarmony reports that more than half of all online dating profiles contain some kind of fabrication. Take online profiles with a grain of salt, and if you establish feelings and want a friendship, insist on a video chat or similar method of verifying a person’s identity.
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