But how can you weed out these fakers, and know which profiles to steer clear of? ’s tips to help you sort the genuine people from the fakes.
They have links to Facebook and/or Instagram profiles, and those profiles seem genuine If someone gives you a link to their Facebook or Instagram profile, that’s a great way to get to know more about them — and willingness to link out to genuine social accounts makes them more trustworthy.
They want to meet right away Ideally, you should take plenty of time to get to know someone online before you meet face-to-face.
That way, you have a better chance of staying safe.
The images look too posed, and the backgrounds look way too generic…and maybe you’ve seen the person before on another website that has nothing to do with dating. Usually, after you right-click on the image you want to check, you’ll find the option to “search Google for this image.” Pick that option.
They don’t pass the “reverse image search” test: If someone’s profile pictures look like they’re too good to be true, but you still can’t tell if they’re fakes, the Internet can help you double-check with a reverse image search. If the option to “search Google for this image” isn’t available in your browser, right-click on the profile pic you aren’t sure about, then copy its URL/address.
And even if they’re not using a fake name, photos, or story, they probably only want a hookup…or could be planning something more dangerous.
They could be trying to send you to porn sites, or scam sites designed to trick you into giving up information or money.