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Fake profiles on dating apps and social networks: 7 warning signs to spot them


The scams that occur through these services represent an increasingly common phenomenon. Tips to avoid falling into the trap.

The use of applications or websites to meet people is a


that grew globally, in the same way and at the same time that scams and deceptions that occur through these services also increased.

Romance scams


when a person uses fake profiles in different applications such as websites, social networks,

messaging applications and, especially, in

dating apps


To minimize the chances of

being the target of a possible love scam

, as advised by the Head of the ESET Latin America Research Laboratory,

 Camilo Gutiérrez Amaya

, you should not share too many personal details publicly on social networks, among other precautions.

Meanwhile, he maintained that if "if it happens and you are

the victim of a love scam,

 it is very important not to suffer in silence, or feel ashamed and

report the crime


Romance scams occur when a person uses fake profiles on different apps.

Photo: Shutterstock

 The 7 warning signs to spot a fake profile on dating apps

As detailed from ESET, in the first instance

it is difficult to identify when it is a false profile

, since the users of these applications seek to establish a relationship.

However, there are indications that it may be a scam.

Next, the

7 points to pay attention to detect fake profiles

on social networks and dating applications are:


Beware of

profiles that seem too good

to be true, especially if the person's profile photo appears to have been taken by a professional photographer.


Be alert for profiles that

lack important information

, such as a bio or a list of interests.


Beware of

people who claim to have a lot of money

or a well-paying job, but

still ask for financial help


Never provide personal information, such as full name or financial details, at least until you have met the candidate personally.


Be on the lookout for people asking for money, no matter what reason they give for needing it.


Beware of people who claim they are experiencing an emergency and say

they need a money transfer done

right away.

Or with anyone claiming to be military personnel asking for help with a package they are trying to send to you.

Both are common tactics used by scammers.


Watch out for people who seem to be

moving too fast in the relationship



Be skeptical of people who use

overly formal or romantic language

in their messages.

Technology is constantly evolving and scammers are continually adapting their methods as well.

Therefore, it is essential

to be vigilant at all times

, even when a person's profile seems perfect.

Meanwhile, when noticing that you are facing a "love scammer",

report it to the dating application

to prevent the scam from harming other people.

They advise to be careful with profiles that seem too good with professional photos.

Photo illustration Shutterstock.

How to avoid scams in dating apps and social networks?




on anyone you meet on the internet.

It may not sound very romantic, but it could prevent problems and money loss in the long run.


Look up the

name and other details

to see if the person's life story matches the information on the Internet.


Carry out a

search for the profile photo

in Google, to validate that it matches the name and/or details of the profile, or if it is a false image.


Avoid sharing too many personal details

publicly on social media.


Be alert to a new relationship's behavior online when

they ask too many questions


are evasive

in answering.


Never send money to anyone

you haven't met in person, never open new bank accounts for others or send compromising photos or videos.


Immediately cut off all communication

if you suspect a potential scammer.


Remember that when

something sounds too good to be true

, it is most likely malicious or offensive activity.


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Source: clarin

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