Common fake profiles will use the details of trusted individuals, such as military personnel, aid workers, medical professionals or professionals working abroad, as well as pictures from other legitimate websites.
Be alert for anybody you’re talking to who disappears from the site and you suspect may later have reappeared under a different name.
A romance scam is when someone grows to love and trust someone they’ve met through an online dating site, social media or a dating app.
And if you do send money, they will just keep asking you to send more, as they will view you as an ‘easy target’.Only about 1.5% of the population in the United Kingdom identifies as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, according to the Office for National Statistics.However, the gay rights nonprofit Stonewall estimates it’s more like 5% to 7%.For example, make sure the profile picture doesn’t look different to their description of themselves. Has your ‘date’ told you they are university educated, but their English is very poor?
We asked 1,000 dating-website users how they identify fake profiles, and they told us they are suspicious if: Half of respondents also said that they trust their gut feeling when identifying a fake profile.
If the person refuses, this should make you suspicious. Professional photos should be a red flag - especially if they look like a model.