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Don’t Be Caught by an Internet Dating Fraud

In the modern world we live in, the way in which we look for new found love has completely changed over the last few years.  The internet has opened many new doors into the world of dating and online social interaction and ultimately it’s now where 1 in 4 of us begins new relationships in the UK alone. Not only that, internet dating sites are on the up as more and more of us turn to these platforms in the hope of finding our soul mates.

Whilst this is all well and good, we need to remember that we must be careful. Are we actually speaking to who we think we are speaking to? It’s not too difficult to create a fake profile with a fake name, photograph and information. Unfortunately, this does happen and it’s more common than you might like to think. Now commonly known as a ‘Catfish’, people who make these fake profiles are lurking and they are very much active online. A lot of them playing with people’s feelings, emotions and some of them even convince us to give them money.

There are a few things to look out for when talking to people online to make sure these people are who they say they are.

  • Have you ever seen them in an online video chat?

Often these people will make endless excuses as to why they can’t show their face on webcam or why they won’t work, but ultimately it’s because they aren’t who they say they are.

  • What is their response if you try and arrange to meet them?

If the person isn’t who they say they are, obviously, they are going to be much more reluctant to a arrange a physical meeting so have a think about times you may have asked them; have they been cagey, trying to put it off or even avoiding the question?

  • How many friends do they have on their page?

With social network pages that have been faked, the number of friends that the person has is generally low, under 100. This is because it takes a lot of time and effort to create these profiles as they can’t friend genuine people as what they are doing is a secret and something they probably aren’t proud of. The average user on Facebook has approximately 300 to 350 friends so if you have doubt, check how many friends they have. Less than 100 and that should be setting off alarms.

If you have any doubts about your online relationship or can relate to some of the things above, you can call us today to investigate the person in question efficiently, professionally and discreetly to find out the answers you’re looking for. Call us today on 0800 206 2338 to take the first step to finding out the truth.

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