Online dating has become one of the most popular ways to meet somebody new. However, since you will be speaking with people online that you haven’t met in real life, it’s important to keep your eye out for red flags and anything that might suggest that the person you are talking to isn’t actually who they say that they are. Since anybody can sign up for online dating services, you can’t be sure that they are honest and truthful about who they are. While the good news is that most people who are using online dating will be honest people, you can never be sure about this until you meet them. So, here are some main red flags to look out for when you are dating online.
Lack of Photos:
If you want to know how to spot an online dating catfish, one of the first things to look at is their photos. If somebody is pretending to be a person that they are not, then the chances are that they won’t have many photos – or may not have even posted any photos of themselves at all. Look out for tell-tale signs that they are using somebody else’s photos, like things that don’t add up or photos that don’t appear to be of the same person. You could also consider using a reverse image search to determine if the photo appears anywhere else online.
Reluctance to Give Everyday Information:
While it’s good practice to be careful about the information that you give out when online dating, most of us will be willing to share information about our everyday lives, such as what we do for a living. While it’s a wholly different situation from couples hesitant to share finances, most people who are dating online will want to know certain things about a person, like what their job is, since it can make a difference in whether or not to date them.
Demanding Contact Elsewhere:
Somebody who refuses to message you using the dating app and demands that you contact them elsewhere, like on Whatsapp or through text, might be putting out major red flags for you to be aware of. While it’s quite normal to swap numbers and start contacting one another outside of the dating app once you have gotten to know each other a little bit better, most people would agree that they aren’t comfortable providing their phone number to somebody they have only said hello to.
Asking for Money and Other Scams:
Unfortunately, the online dating world is home to several scams, so it’s important to keep your eye out for these and make sure that you are protecting yourself. Online dating services aren’t there for financial gain. Nobody should be asking you to send them money on an online dating app, no matter how sad their story might be – always consider the possibility that it might be fake.
While online dating is widely considered a great way to meet new people and start a relationship, there are a few key things to look out for.
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