Identifying fake dating profiles
Fake dating profiles set up by scammers to commit financial fraud are a hazard of online dating.Last year we learned over 200,000 people in the UK were victims of online dating fraud, and in the news this week around 1600 Australians lost more than (AUD) million through online dating sites in 2011.Watch out for photos that are exceptionally small or have blurry corners where a watermark may have been removed.Try a reverse image look-up online to see if a photo has been taken from a website or stock photography.However, Internet dating is a great way to meet new people and with a cautious, common sense approach we can keep our hearts and our wallets safe if we know what to look for to spot a fake dating profile.
Real people will complete their profiles and include this information.
Scammers are lazy and rarely do their research, particularly when it comes to location, to create a truly convincing profile.
If the online profile reads like a poor translation there’s a good chance it’s a fake.
Check that the photo and profile description are a likely match too.
Very little or missing information on a dating profile can be another important clue something is not right.Many romance scams come from countries where English is not the main language so watch out for poor spelling and grammar.