Dating apps have become the go-to way of finding and meeting someone these days. But just like other apps and online services, dating apps have also become the prime target for scammers who try to fool people in several ways.
For instance, they can adopt someone else’s persona or create a convincing identity and even more to manipulate and steal.
But, there are several ways that can help you stay away from getting scammed on dating apps. Here are 5 tips that can help you stay protected from scammers on online dating platforms.
Trust your instincts
The best way to stay safe from scammers on dating apps is to trust your instincts. Try to use your judgment and follow your gut feeling. If something does not feel right, block and report the profile instantly.
Go through the photos
Another important way to stay away from scammers is by checking out all the photos. Most scammers do not use their original photos, do a reverse image search to check whether the profile picture is genuine or not. If you find someone else using the same profile picture, then most likely the profile on the dating app is fake.
Ask questions to get to know more about your potential match
During the get to know phase with your potential match, try to know the person on a personal level, without asking too many personal questions. With the answers, try to find the inconsistency in facts and stories or vague answers for specific questions.
Pay attention to what you post publicly online
Scammers can use details shared on social media and dating sites to better understand and target you. Avoid sharing personal details about family and friends, your home or work address or your daily routine
Never transfer money to someone you’ve met online
Cyber Cell Delhi advises users not to send money to someone they meet online. It is also advisable to not share banking details like credit card numbers, bank account information, wire transfer details, your social identifying number or any personal identifiable number