How To Recognize A Fake Online Dating Profile 

In this day and age when everything we need is just a button click away, romantic relationships are no exception. People have been using the Internet in their attempts to find potential partners, and this is not something new. Our society have accepted the fact that online dating is actually a thing, and while it can be rough out there sometimes, it can also lead to something more – something that we all aspire to have – an lasting romantic relationship. 

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While online dating is becoming more and more popular, with the advent of easy access mobile applications like Tinder and OkCupid, some people may still be wary about trying it out for various reasons, but mainly for safety. This is a legit concern, however, there are several ways to look after yourself while relishing the experience that is online dating. Check out the following signs that scream a fake online dating profile.

 

  1. Check their published photo/s on the profile.
    A profile without a picture says something. It’s either they look unbelievably terrible even they are ashamed to publish their own photo, or they are trying to hide behind a different person. Whatever their reason is for not uploading a picture on their profile, these profiles are obviously not to be trusted.
  2. Ask for their Facebook profile.
    It’s year 2017 and even dogs have Facebook accounts, it is a little suspicious if one has an online dating profile but none on Facebook. While being on Facebook is not a surefire indication that that person is an actual sane human being, it makes it easier to learn more about them (aka stalk them) through their Facebook profiles. When you at least have their Facebook profile, you can look through their photos, or maybe message some of his friends, or just simply be a creepy lurker. People nowadays put literally everything on Facebook so whether the person is fake or not, it is sure easier to find out on there.
  3. Ask for a video chat (or at least a voice call).
    This is one easy way to confirm whether a dating profile is fake or not. Politely (and flirtatiously) ask for a Facetime session, and if they agree and do actually look like the person in their profile, then good. If they decline, and give you excuses, accept them the first time, and then ask again the next day. If they still don’t want a video or voice call at least, then ditch that profile and go find a new one, because that one is probably fake.
  4. Google them.
    Everyone puts a little bit of themself online, whether on social media sites, online dating platforms, or maybe they wrote about themselves on Wikipedia. Searching for someone has become an easy task, thanks to Google. You can even reverse search their photos on Google. If their photos match up with other people’s profiles, then that may indicate the fakeness of their profile.
  5. Ask for a personal, face-to-face, in the flesh meet up.
    When you’ve been talking to someone online who you find interesting and everything goes well, it should always lead up to you meeting that person in the flesh. Most of the times, if they are interested too, this is a no brainer. People who are eager to know you will most likely ask to meet you in person sooner than later. However, if they have no interest in meeting you personally, but still want to just keep chatting with you online, then that’s not a good sign.  

Online dating has influenced the dating world in a major way. It is a fun way to meet new people who interest you, and is an avenue in finding romantic relationships, but keep in mind that your safety still comes first always. Protect yourself by keeping a level head, being mindful of what and how much you share. People on online dating sites are strangers and just like in your offline life, strangers should be dealt with caution.