Scam? Swipe carefully.
You’ve been swiping for such as the long time that meeting people is just as easy as you could have never ever imagined it is. And, chances are, you’ve seen someone that makes you stop for a while, maybe he or she got a pretty smile, or maybe, there is something about him or her that makes you want to send a message in just a matter of seconds. Because why not, online dating is probably here to connect you with anyone instantly. But, before plunging and giving in yourself out there, a recent study reckons for you to stop right there.
A company which is responsible for protecting the top dating sites in the UK has discovered an increasing number of selfies used on fake profiles.
Almost everyone took a selfie for their profile. But, not entirely.
A dating industry expert and founder of the UK Dating Awards, Charly Lester, claims that the increasing self-taken photos is because people sees selfie as candid and sincere. “While it is obviously hard to ‘fake’ a selfie, it is increasingly easy to steal selfies from social media. Twitter and Instagram are full of selfies of celebrities and normal people, which can be very easily copied, and then added to fake profiles.”
“It’s really important, if you are online dating, that you are aware that people might not be who they say they are. Even if someone has multiple selfies on their profile, all of the same people, the photos could have been stolen from someone else’s Twitter or Instagram. And if you are someone who uses social media a lot, be careful what you post online, and who has access to it. “
Scamalytics identifies over a quarter of a million fake profiles and prevents romance scammers’ access to most of the online dating sites.
For anyone second-guessing someone online may not be who he or she says they really are, here is take away advice from Scamalytics:
Use Google images to check if their photo is real or it has been taken from someone else’s social media.
Carefully check their online dating profile to make sure any physical descriptions is the same with their photos.
Ask questions which require local knowledge. If someone insists on telling stories why they can’t answer facts about locals hubs, make sure to be careful.
Scammers often use the same descriptions in fake profiles. Put the descriptions of the dating profile into quotes and search for it on Google.
Be careful when someone insists on getting you onto different messaging platform quickly. Scammers will try to take you away from dating sites, where conversation can be monitored.
Be cautious when someone tries to use excuses why they can’t meet you up in person.
No matter how they try to convince you, or whatever reason they seem to have, never ever give money to anyone you meet online.
This doesn’t mean you should avoid online dating. But, it does mean you should be aware in every situation you’re trying to get in.
The thing is, behind the scene of Zorpia, all profiles are carefully verified to make dating easy and fun for you.
Someone out there is right for you, never let scammers get in your way.