Be especially wary of anyone claiming to be on a peacekeeping mission in the Middle East or North Africa.
For women, be wary of profiles of men in military uniform. Be wary of anyone who contacts you and almost immediately suggests switching to a different platform, such as Whatsapp or Google Hangouts, so you can have a “better” chat. Don’t click on any links to other sites, but feel free to have a conversation (remember, they are only after your money, but can only get it if you allow them). This can provide information on peoples’ (photographs) true identities or where a photo was originally published.
The emergence of dating sites boasting memberships in the tens (or hundreds) of millions has seen a corresponding influx of countless small-time opportunistic scumbags – the lowest form of cyber criminal. If supermodels/movie-star hunks fail to fall at your feet in the real world, it is perhaps wise to ask yourself why the online world should be any different. If a criminally attractive person says hi, falls in love with you almost immediately (for no particular reason), then promises to come to you… Basically, a very attractive person has suddenly fallen for you for some reason… At the last minute there will be a couple of minor issues at their end, and your new lover/fiance will need just a bit of financial help to cover the cost of their plane ticket.
Create a separate email account specifically for your networking/dating account(s). Keep your updates updated, never open email attachments from unknown origin, and, most importantly… It turns out that all those people parsing dating profiles for grammar above all else are protecting themselves not just from bad dates, but from bad actors.The most popular con-man profile text in the UK, for example is “so please i want you to get back to me here with your email address so that i can send you my pictures so get back to me thanks.” Hard to imagine swiping right on that.Quantity of text isn’t a great indicator, says Winchester, in part because of the growing popularity of bots.If one bot network pushes out the same garbled phrase to millions of profiles, it can quickly skew the pick-up line popularity contest.