In 2011, over 200,000 people in the UK were victims of online dating fraud as scammers are getting evermore advanced in how they target consumers to trick them out of their hard earned cash.
Here are knowthenet.org.uk top tips to ensure you only find true love online…
1. Beware of fake photos
Model shots or suggestive photos should ring warning bells. People are more likely to post a couple of photos of themselves in normal surroundings.
Watch out for exceptionally small photos or ones with blurry corners where a watermark may have been removed. You can try a reverse image look-up online to see if a photo has been taken from a website and check that the photo and profile description do indeed match.
2. Incomplete profiles
Incomplete information on profiles should be a warning sign that something is not right. Real people will complete their profiles and include detailed information about their ideas and interests. Scammers and lazy and rarely do their research, particularly when it comes to location.
3. Spell Check
Poor translation generally means a fake profile. Many romance scams come from abroad where English is not the main language so watch our for poor spelling and grammar.
4. Too good to be true
As with most things online, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Check to see what the person in the profile is looking for in their date. Are they accommodating? Do they just want someone special to love?
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