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While we'd like to think every member of the dating sites in Leeds is authentic, and the free dating Birmingham members are all good guys, the unfortunate reality is that dating scams exist - and they're sometimes pretty smart.
We're not talking here about your random email from a "Nigerian prince" who desperately needs your help to wire $1 trillion to the UK; we're talking about subtle scams from fraudsters who play the long game.
The Best10Dating team has compiled this guide to help you spot opportunistic criminals among the love struck matches and help you avoid any dating scams that could leave you worse off than with a dented ego.
We'll start with the typical things you've probably heard of (but still need to be mindful about whenever you're online!).
In a nutshell, catfishing is where someone creates an online profile that isn't them - or it's kind of them, but ten years ago.
You get the idea; it's passing yourself off as someone or something you're not.
There are some terrifying stories about this, ranging from:
These are extreme examples, but never lose sight of the potential to put yourself at needless risk if you aren't taking the necessary precautions.
Use Google reverse image search, and you'll instantly see if this profile picture has been stolen from elsewhere. Check out this person on other social media sites, and don't hesitate to back away (quickly!) if you've got any clue they're not who they say.
Next up, we'll talk about those people who can't possibly meet you in person because they're (*delete as appropriate):
Yep, sure thing. The long-distance scam is set up right from the start, and there is zero opportunity to meet them, so you'll probably have a more challenging time verifying if the profile is authentic.
Invariably, the conversation will sooner or later lead to a message asking you to wire money or pay some cash onto a gift card or MoneyPak card.
Here are some of the most common reasons:
It seems so obvious when you look at it like this, but the issue is that even on the most popular dating apps Boston, people go to great lengths to establish a rapport before they spring you for the cash.
Never, ever, EVER send anybody money online, no matter how plausible, no matter how much you believe it's authentic.
Our next scam is ID fraud, and it's a severe problem that can cause no end of chaos, grief and upset.
Again - you need to know the signs!
While all the Best10Dating recommendations are fantastic dating sites in Leeds or other popular UK cities, you also need to know that the dating platform is sometimes scamming you, not necessarily an individual profile.
We'd strongly advise selecting your choice of free dating Birmingham apps from our suggestions or otherwise looking out for:
A legit dating site won't ever ask for those things, and you'll be able to choose whatever password you like without needing to provide reams of personal details.
Now, if you haven't seen this before, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's a bit far fetched. But, believe us, it happens a LOT more than you probably think!
Here's how the scam works:
Anybody who starts chatting about their 'business' (in the loosest sense of the term) probably isn't there for dating.
It can also be tricky to find yourself in a position where you've been duped, as well as a tad embarrassing that you've fallen for the scam to trick you into thinking you're heading for a romantic date when it's something far less exciting.
Dating sites are not sales platforms.
If you ever get messages that feel off, pushy, uncomfortable or plain inappropriate, you need to block the account, report it to site admin, and consider it a lucky break that you knew what to look out for!