In the world of communication today, everything is fast – from e-mails and text messages to chat messengers and video chats.You can meet anyone from the other side of the world and instantly click. But with millions of people, you could meet, especially on online dating sites, how could you tell if a catfish are baiting you?
Anyone can make up a name, address, or profession on the internet. Imposters and scam artists are everywhere, getting ready to catch their next victim – a gullible and innocent person who’s looking for love. There are many ways to identify an individual who’s acting like a poser, who pretends to be someone else or who’s lying about his personality.
Award-winning technology reporter. Kurt Knutsson a.k.a. Kurt, the CyberGuy, shares a checklist. This ultimate guide will surely hint if you’re being baited by a catfish, a poser or someone who’s making up stories.
Dumb Date Data
Physical descriptions need to be proportional. For example, someone who is 6-feet tall usually does not weigh 90 lbs. Look for any other descriptions that don’t add up to the profile photo.
Tip: Ask them to take a photo holding a unique phrase or their own name on it and send it to you. Ask to have a live video talk using Skype or Facetime. Most of today’s smartphones, tablets and laptops come equipped with a built-in camera and/or video. Someone reluctant to speak on live video, claiming shyness or that they can’t find a camera, should be a red flag.
Profile Picture Test
Professional photos are a red flag. Look for amateur photos — and more than one.
Tip: Use a Google Goggles search on your phone to see if the photo they’ve shared with you can be spotted elsewhere online. If you see it shown with a watermark or in other settings like modeling websites, it’s likely a fake.
Become a Photo Detective
“This just takes it to the next level,” Knutsson says. Look for detail in photos — wedding rings, locations, activities, time of day, how they are dressed — to see if it matches. Someone claiming that a photo is from a July 4th fireworks party, who is dressed in a fur coat, in daylight, might be a dead giveaway that someone is lying.
Tip: Using a free inspection service that shows the location and time that a photo was originally taken can shed light on a photo liar.
Cut and Paste Profile Alert
Introductory letters on dating websites are often copied by catfish scammers. See if the same information appears in other places or has been copied from someone else by searching for it online. Out-of-country scams often slip up here, revealing inconsistent information such as landmarks and cultural events that don’t add up. For example, someone claiming to be from St. Louis who isn’t familiar with the iconic Gateway Arch when questioned is likely a liar.
Spelling and Grammar Fail
Hear the words when you read their writing, and check their spelling and grammar. A line that sounds like it could be from someone in a far-off country but portraying themselves to be in your same city will usually have a local dialect misfire.
It’s not easy to spot someone who’s pretending to be someone or a scam artist who is in an online dating app to meet its new prey. However, if you become extra vigilant and cautious with talking to this person, you’ll easily spot inconsistencies in his or her stories, weird things, and insincerity. In dealing with strangers, even on the internet, take extra care and caution. click here for next article