Updated: July 30, 2021
Navigating the world of Internet dating can be an exciting and fun way to meet potential partners. However, you might quickly discover that some things are not what they seem on certain sites and profiles. Though it is one of the fastest-growing ways for singles to meet each other and form lasting relationships, there are definitely those who use the sites for dishonest purposes.
1. The dating website asks for excessive personal information.
All dating websites will ask for a certain amount of information in order to match you successfully with people who will hold your interest. However, this information will generally be limited to personality details and interests rather than financial information or anything that might be useful to someone wishing to steal your identity.
2. Your date wants to meet somewhere secluded.
Someone who insists on meeting at his or her home or someplace secluded doesn’t have very much respect for your safety and security, even if they don’t mean you any harm.
3. The online dating profile has only professional photos.
Though it’s possible that an actual model with a portfolio was matched with you on a dating site, it’s much more likely that the profile is fake. Fake profiles are generally used to mine information from unsuspecting singles, or to convince you to download malware that will steal your data and put you at risk.
4. Everyone looks like a celebrity on the website.
Individual profiles are often used by scammers, but even worse are entire websites created for the same purpose. If you find yourself on a less well-known dating site where each profile features a more attractive person than the last and everyone seems to be an expert at photo retouching, it’s likely that you’re about to fall victim to a scam.
5. An online dating profile mentions illegal drugs or activity.
Generally speaking, a dating site drug dealer might correspond with you normally at first, but then quickly bring the conversation to whatever drugs they are selling. This will likely include offers to come and “party” with some friends, followed quickly by a veritable shopping list of different strains or varieties of illegal products and their prices.
6. Someone gets overly emotional too soon.
Have you received a long email detailing how much someone you’ve just been matched with has been “waiting for someone like you forever”? This is a chief online dating red flag to worry about, as emotional instability is potentially a symptom of a greater mental disorder. Most dating sites offer a block button and this is definitely a situation in which you should use it.
7. Someone seems too interested in your children.
If you mention your children in your profile and potential dates seem to have more questions about them than you, it is a sign that you should not ignore. Some dating sites offer flagging options that will allow you to alert moderators of someone who seems dangerous to you or your family.
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