How to spot a scammer online dating

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Our moderation team manually check photos and personal ads across the site and a built-in screening system helps identify suspicious accounts, remove them and prevent re-registration.While we are confident that our measures ensure a high level of security, we urge members to maintain vigilance while dating online and report any suspicious profiles to safeguard other members.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.A scammer is someone who may contact you in order to obtain money. They will appear sweet, caring and in-need of your help but they are con men/women.

While the vast majority of people on online dating sites are honest and genuine you need to be careful that you’re not a victim.

Look out for these warning signals: Often when something seems too good to be true, it is! There are of course lots of good looking people who aren’t scammer but beware of perfect looks and professionally taken photos.

These should raise your suspicion as scammers often use pictures of models from stock photography sites to attract their victims on online dating sites. Maybe they claim not to care about their appearance but their photo looks like it belongs on the front page of Vogue.

All dating sites have to suppress and deal with fraud. Q: If you are creating your own profile, is there anything that might make you a target? They’re looking for some sign of gullibility among people who are likely to have some savings. People who are generous, vulnerable, of-faith and fighting poor odds of finding a partner are ideal. In general I recommend people chat for a short while, and then jump onto a video date anyway. I don’t think anyone should put more than half an hour of time into communication without doing a video or real life date. They want to get into direct email or Skype or phone contact asap.

So if your profile hints at any of those, you’re more of a target. Q: I’m already in a relationship online – can I be sure it’s for real? Some of these fake relationships can last for years. Q: My lover sends me gifts – surely that means he’s for real? They’ll send gifts, and make users feel beautiful and cared for, and then it them with a test. That way dating sites detection systems have less chance of picking up on unusual lines of communication.

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