Spotting fake dating profiles
But only three in ten said they reported fake profiles when they saw one. director of campaigns Alex Neill said: ‘It’s important for people to be vigilant when using dating sites or apps and ensure they are not revealing personal data that then could be used by scammers.
‘We’ve found most dating sites are quick to act on reports of fake profiles and scam attempts, so we encourage anyone who sees a fake profile or is approached by a suspected scammer to report it.’ During this investigation, Which?
He was very sophisticated in his deception and specifically targeted his victims based on the information that they chose to self-disclose on social media.
Whatever their interests were, Whitter made sure to make them his also.
Pictures or text – this is what is more important for your online dating profile.
Online dating fraud has cost victims £27 million collectively over the last year, according to police figures..
That combined with how clever some con-artists are and all of a sudden you find yourself wiring money. It is painful to realize after corresponding with someone for awhile that their profile is fake and you have no idea who you have been talking to for the last few weeks. I always rather be safe than sorry, so whenever in doubt I block the person. I am going to see my family and bring my mother back for a little stay.
*This is a sample of a fake profile message that I just received: How are you doing ? please write me at me personal email ‘’ alexschmidtkoiln atgmail i would be glad to get a Mail from you and would be sure to write you back . Remember: If it seems to good to be true, then it probably is! Please forgive the typos and grammar errors, there is not time for editing.
So the only way to protect yourself and your information is to be alert and look for these six red flags that indicate it is a fake profile. They only have one picture If the profile you stumbled across on Tinder has only one picture and the person is very good looking, chances are, that is a picture of a anyone but them.
Another dead giveaway that it’s a fake profile is that there will be no bio or description.