Check that the photo and profile description are a likely match too.
Very little or missing information on a dating profile can be another important clue something is not right.
They’ll pan for gold among tens of thousands to find a few pieces of gold. If they’re a different person than on their profile photo, bail! If the person has a Facebook profile with 10 friends, well that’s a dead giveaway as well. For example, we know people don’t use the word ‘wire’ in regular dating communications. Report to the local police and ask to be referred to their cyber crimes unit. The problem is, most of these scams are cross-border and it becomes tough to coordinate jurisdiction.
It used to be easy to just Google phrases – criminals often reused them – but now it is less so. Q: What should I do if I suspect someone IS a scammer? That’s a red flag and is usually picked up by dating sites auto-detection systems. But the scammers know better to use that word on dating sites now. Its exhausting, and most victims just want to put the entire event behind them.
His profile said he was a widower and a veterinarian who travels, reads poetry and loves to shop.
He was adorable, with big hazel eyes and salt-and-pepper hair.
Believe it or not, another common red flag is if someone say they are a widower with no children, or adult children.
Apparently scammers think is more appealing to women than a divorced man might be, or a never-married single man in his 40’s.
Millions are lost to these scammers each year – and worse still, the crime may be underestimated, as victims are often too distraught to reveal the extent of their losses.
Spotting scammers is getting harder – but there are still ways to ensure you stay safe, Brooks says.
Q: Is there an easy way to spot scammers from ‘normal’ daters? If scammers have made it onto a dating site, its because the profile looks normal. If they want you to get off the dating site asap – and communicate by email, say – that’s a sign. Older women, because its tough to find a hot older gentleman. Bear in mind that its the scammers job to get users off the site asap.
Unfortunately, responding to someone when dating online also means taking a risk because there are fake profiles on many, if not all, of the dating websites and apps.
Some of these profiles are from scammers wanting to collect your personal information, others are people “catfishing” for sport, trying to lure you into a relationship by using a fictional persona.