How to Spot Fake Online Dating Profiles
Online dating can be a great place to meet new people from all around the world, but it's also a place you can meet people who are pretending to be someone else. Not all people with fake profiles set out to scam people; some simply aren't comfortable being themselves so they create a fake profile. Spot these fake profiles quickly so you don’t get sucked into a conversation with someone who doesn't actually exist.
Lack of Photos
If the profile only has one or a couple of photos or if the photos that are there look as if they could easily be stock photos (generic photos of people smiling at the camera) this can be a tip off this profile isn't a real person. Stealing photos from people's social media isn't difficult, so an abundance of photos doesn't guarantee a real profile either; however, a lack of photos or one or two generic photos can point toward a fake profile.
Lack of Information
A profile with a photo or two and just the bare minimum of information supplied may have been set up by someone not necessarily eager to put their best foot forward who instead just wants to get a profile up so they can start messaging people. It's a sign of someone who is either pretending to be someone they aren't or of a person who can't be bothered to put any effort into actually meeting someone.
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Check Social Media Profiles
Search on social media for the same name as the profile. If the dating profile is fake, you may not find any social media profile matches. Check on more than one platform; some people simply prefer to stay off certain sites. If you do find matching social media profiles, check to see how long the profile has been active and how many friends or connections the person has. A brand-new social media profile with very few friends can indicate the profile was set up with the intent of creating a persona across different platforms.
Some profiles online were created by people but manned by bots; any conversation you have with them will feel a little off and stilted because a computer program is tasked with talking to you. If you find yourself in a chat with someone from a dating app that seems strange, it may be because you're chatting with a computer program.
Another way to tell in a conversation if it feels as if you're getting generic messages that could easily be sent to more than one person without alterations; this might indicate a person who is chatting with a wide a variety of people from a created persona instead of actually looking for one person with whom to connect. If messages don't evolve past things like, "Good morning - go make today the best day!" or other potentially generic messages, there's a chance you're dealing with someone who created a fake profile to talk with as many people as possible - perhaps to scam them or ask for money.
Don't be Scammed
Some people go to dating apps with the intent of scamming other members by making a fake profile and pretending to be someone they're not. These scammers reel people into an online relationship and then start bringing up the idea of needing money to come to visit them, or how they desperately need some money to pay their rent or whatever emergency they come up with. Some people want to portray themselves as someone else because they aren't thrilled with who they really are. In fact, some estimates say, more than half of online dating profiles contain some lies. Don't take online profiles at face value and if you start to develop feelings and want a relationship, insist upon a video message or live video chat to verify a person's identity.
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With a lot of changes going on with online dating, it is becoming much easier to identify a fake dating profile and more importantly find real dating profiles. If you want to feel more safe and meet real and serious people online, you should try the newly trending video dating apps. Video dating apps are authentic and reliable as they allow you to talk with your would be partner face-to-face through video message and live video chat before meeting in person. Therefore you can see and hear your date and determine if there is attraction and chemistry, all through your mobile phone.
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