Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) October 18, 2015
With online dating becoming one of the most popular and common ways to meet your match, the Internet can definitely be the promising place you find the love of your life. However, the reality is that behind that charming username might just be a scammer pretending to be Mr. or Mrs. Right. Whether these sly and often times skilled individuals are trying to steal your identity, your money, or your trust, you have to protect yourself against potential threats. Keep these helpful hints in mind to stay safe and weed out the bad seeds while you search for your soul mate.
Remember that what seems to be too good to be true, often is. Don’t be fooled by what appears to be the nonexistent perfect human being. If they have a profile photo that looks familiar, and seems similar to one you saw during a Google search, things may be sketchy. Choosing a striking photo of a model online is one of the most textbook tricks scam artists use to reel hopeful daters in. In this case, there will usually be only one photo that is near perfection without any matching it.
If next to their stunning photo is a profession that is popularly known to be extremely lucrative, your red flag should be waving even more. Since most scammers know that movie star looks and an impressive income generally make a combination for interested parties, both of these factors will more likely than not be close to perfect and sound (we repeat), too good to be true. Smokermatch has found that most frauds will not be able to measure up to their larger-than-life claims. Try asking to see more photos or inquiring about the details of their profession. If the responses are hesitant, vague, or inaccurate, put your guards up and don’t be swept off your feet just yet.
Be prepared for the most convincing excuses you’ve ever heard. When asking for a photo, a direct phone number, or details about their location or occupation, scammers will probably give you convincing and heartfelt reasons for their lack of responses. If everything you ask for has a poetic excuse, proceed with caution.
After thorough research on safe online dating, Smoker Match has found that keeping track of inconsistencies and contradicting claims is another protective tool that can save your time and money. Pay attention to the height to weight ratio. If one’s measurements seem less realistic than those of a Barbie or Ken doll, something is definitely fishy. If a successful partner in a law firm that went to Harvard Law School doesn’t know the most basic facts about litigation, be prepared to bolt.
Last but not least, Smokermatch.com would like to remind you that the most common rule of thumb when it comes to online dating safety is this: the second an online dater requests money for any reason at all, report them and end all forms of communication to protect yourself and your bank account from a scam artist.