Online Dating- How to Spot if He's a Fake

Online Dating How to Spot if Hes a Fake

Despite many success stories, the Internet is littered with casualties of online dating. Unsuspecting single women may be targeted via bogus profiles on social networking sites, and many have fallen victim to dating scams. Fake profiles aren't always easy to spot, but the following tips may help:

Dubious photo

Check out the photo – does it have a white/plain background? Is he extremely good looking? Do you feel like you've seen him somewhere before? Fake profiles often display professional pictures of actors or models, and some photos are even stolen from other online media and model sites. If the photo looks too good to be true, then it probably is. If you're worried, ask him to take a picture of himself holding a paper with the words ConnectingSingles and the date or your username written on it. Don't give your email address to anyone who is not willing to do what it takes to show you they're real, or who gets angry at your caution.

Refusal to use Skype

Skype is a great way to weed out the fakes. This software application is free to download and use when exchanging calls with other Skype users. It also allows users to make video calls, enabling you to verify his appearance. If he's serious about using online dating as a means to meet a potential partner, he will almost certainly have a webcam. A refusal to use Skype should make you wary.

Poor memory

While it's unrealistic to expect him to remember everything that you tell him, be suspicious of continual memory lapses. You've told him about your family – he forgets you have a sister; you've waxed lyrical about your cat – he asks about your dog; you mention an incident that happened at work, but he doesn't remember what it is that you do. Singularly, these lapses of memory may be just that – but collectively, it's possible that he's confusing you with other women that he's 'dating' on the Internet. Many scammers will call you 'dear', 'pretty' or 'sweetie' so they don't have to worry about remembering your name.

Not forthcoming

Although you may be flattered that he's more interested in talking about you than himself, don't let this continue indefinitely. As the relationship progresses, press for more details about his background, hobbies, career, family, etc. If he's vague with his answers or reticent to disclose information, he may be hiding something. Are you frustrated because you can never get a straight answer? Scammers are good at avoiding answers to your questions. They reply with questions about you, change the subject and talk about how much they care about you, or ask again for your email address because 'it's so much easier to talk over there'.

Links

If you're asked to follow a link on his dating profile, then cease contact immediately. Unscrupulous companies will often set up fake profiles and send out cut and paste mailings in order to draw traffic to their website; they will then try to coerce you into buying a product or joining a service. Additionally, duplicitous individuals may use malicious spyware in order to obtain personal and financial information.

International dating scams

Be particularly cautious of men who proclaim love at first email or international profiles that contain obvious grammatical errors. Women are often tricked into providing monetary assistance for 'ailing' relatives or wiring money for airfare. NEVER send money to a man you meet online – regardless of his alleged circumstances. A genuine admirer will not expect this from you. Equally, some men may be seeking citizenship, so be suspicious of premature marriage proposals.

Be also cautious of those contacting you far out of your area or age range. People who are seriously looking for longterm usually want to date someone near their age or location. It's best to search for someone who lives close enough to meet often and get to know each other slowly. (There are filters on your CS Edit page you can set to limit contacts by age, location, and other criteria)

Although there are downsides, Internet dating can be great fun and very rewarding. By using a little common sense, trusting your instincts and taking a few steps to verify the authenticity of your online beau, you will considerably reduce your chances of being duped.

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For more information about dating scam, click "scam warning" in the top nav or read pages at http://www.connectingsingles.com/scammers.aspx

Comments (17)

dominantwoman
About skype is not true. You may not have limited internet. the best is what apps you can talk to anyone. I used to have a picture and then talk and meet is the best way. Of course in a public place
ravimodi
I agree with certain points. But I also believe its a matter of preference hence guys like myself are here.

Skype may be good for checking out appearance...

Very informative article.
head banger
thumbs up
RandyH75
Decent article, but this can also apply to fake women. I have been scammed by many women on sites like this. their profile says they are in the same area as me, but when they say they are out of the country, that is a huge red flag. Scammers always get around the blocking. Unfortunately, this article has probably been made by a woman and puts down all men. There are good men, like me looking for a relationship who are very much real.
Arturo666
Skype may be good for checking out appearance but it also leaves you wide open to getting your PC bugged. It is not worth chancing it with a stranger.
Shecara
Thank you very much, this Im sure will come in very handy :)
2317588F
I agree with certain points. But I also believe its a matter of preference hence guys like myself are here. Personally I am interested in having a multiracial relationship. Yes maybe someone who's not much older simply cause I want to have atleast one child someday. In my view it makes sense if I can broaden my search. Bear in mind that the demographics are totally against me in my country of birth. I am a genuine soul that's seeking a woman that will compliment me is that asking for too much ?
OneDirector
HOW ABOUT A ARTICLE ABOUT FAKE WOMAN?
AS INTERNET AND THIS SITE HAVE LOADS OF THEM.
ziguri
Very informative article. Thanks :)
Ziusudra
Talk about being biased towards men!!!! Many women on CS have fake profiles as well using broken English and come from questionable countries that are known to be socialist infiltrators. So don't always victimize men as a whole who are
are real with their intentions.
To the women out there on CS stop playing the victim stop pulling out the victim card every time a gentleman wants to make contact. CS is very biased towards the women and feels they must protect little waifs. I do not mind protecting people's interest
However Women should be smart and clever like serpents to discern what is real and what is a scam. A simple click and the scammer is blocked.
kunal24
Great article but why they only mention HE it can be SHE also.
Sashie16
I like this article a lot. It is very informative. Thanks!
Between
Good evening

All written is just right and I think, each of us has to be very careful. Very good descripted and very important to talk about.

Greetings from Swiss
Christine
OCarol
I've had many trying to scam me. I don't want let out any info. that I know, because I don't want them to know I'm on to them. I don't want them to stop using their wording, because that's how I know.
I found out on scamwarners.com this guy had someones picture he got from a photography company ad. on the internet. They had him listed with like 4 names, and profiles. He also had a picture of his daughter, and it was off a ad for a salon. We have to be really careful, cause they are on all the date sites.
mills1234
thanks for the information. i have been contacted by dubious pics and profiles. and many men will not use skype. they insist on using yahoo messenger.peace
lakelady60
Great article that all should read. I was scammed not too long ago and I am still bruised from the experience. Luckily I didn't loose any money. But the heart hurt. These people are pro's at what they do. I am a lot wiser now, but wish I had known more before, obviously. A painful learning experience!
Singlefor2long
Great article. Thanks!
santi83
wow Thanks for the info cheers
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