Online dating has changed the dating game in many ways and is definitely here to stay. It certainly has its advantages and has helped many singletons find their soul mates. But there are pitfalls along the way and even the smartest individuals get conned by elaborate online romance scams. Tennessee License Private Investigator, Troy Williams, who is a renowned date screening expert, has offered helpful tips to spot the flakes and scamsters you might come across on the dating sites. By paying attention to these telltale signs, you can prevent a lot of heartache and hassle too.
Data doesn’t match
For starters, you need to pay attention to the personal statistics mentioned by the user. They have to be proportionate at the least. If you think there’s something amiss, you can request the user for a video chat or ask him or her to take a photograph holding something unique written.
Professional pictures ring alarm bells
You know professional pictures can be ripped off from some site or anywhere else online. You can use Google Goggles to tell you if the picture has appeared elsewhere. Real life everyday pictures and several of them can put your mind at rest to an extent.
You might also want to look at the photographs you have been sent closely because they can tell you a lot about the person, whether he or she is lying, is already married (in case you spot a wedding ring) etc.
Profiles with cut and pasted information
It’s not uncommon to come across profiles that have information that you will find at several other places. In all probability it is an out of town scams that you have heard about. A quick geography test of the place where they claim to be in can sort out the issue for you.
Taking chats off the site
If you come across users who want you to start chatting with them on instant messaging or emails rather than the dating site itself then you need be careful. It’s always a good idea to have an email address that doesn’t give away your real identity, personal information to others.
Spellings, grammar can be put to test
You can easily spot an out of town scammer through spelling mistakes, grammar errors they make. It is particularly true of local dialects that they might not be aware of at all.
Too much, too soon
If you come across a user who has a profile that seems too good to be true and he/she is eager to take things forward with you at a brisk pace, you need to take a step back and think. Is this person really interested or just a con artist?
There are many users who will pretend to be in dire situations after gaining your trust and then ask for money to help them out. Cut off all communication with them at once. To avoid things getting to this stage ask plenty of questions right at the onset.
Social media presence
If a user has a profile on an online dating site, chances are he or she will be on Facebook, Twitter etc. If they don’t want to share this information, they probably have something to hide. Also watch out for fake social media profiles.
These are just some of the helpful tips that can ensure that you don’t fall into online romance scams and stay out of trouble.