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This article has been viewed 1,156,051 times. Understand the driving principles behind scamming techniques. Scammers typically try to find people who seem vulnerable e. Once a scammer makes a connection with a victim, they will request money for an emergency e. Look for typical scammer behavior. Save a copy of their profile photo, then to search for other instances of it. This may reveal more suspicious behavior.
Look closely at their side of the conversation. When communicating, scammers' messages will be full of inconsistencies, often getting their own name or your name wrong.
These messages may be badly written or repeat themselves. They may even start out having no clue about grammar or punctuation.
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Ask them to meet up. Scammers will never meet you in person, and they will usually express reluctance to do so when asked. Ask to contact the person via video or voice chat. If the person isn't willing to meet up, consider asking if you can contact them at their number never your own or via a voice- or video-chat app such as Skype.
If they agree to this, pay attention to their tone and use of language; if their demeanor seems to contradict what you know about them, it's best to walk away. Watch out for the catch. When scammers think they have you on their hook, they attempt to reel you in.
Keep your profile as private as possible. One of the first steps in making your profile scammer-proof is limiting the amount of information they can see.
Outside of those items, you should keep the rest of your profile blank. Don't give potential scammers leverage over you. As such, avoid sending messages that reveal who you are, at least at first. Keep your discussions on the dating site.
If you're using a dating site that has a built-in chat option as most doyour safest bet is to keep your conversations with the other person limited to the dating site's chat. If the other person suggests moving to email or texting, decline. Avoid giving out your real phone number. If you must move the conversation over to your smartphone, don't tell the other person your number.
Document your interactions with the person.