Whether you’re new to the world of online dating or you’re an experienced user, you’ve probably read about various scams. While the good news is that the vast majority of users are genuine people just like you, it’s imperative that you know how to avoid the potential romance scams.

A number of steps can be taken to ensure that you don’t become a victim of the latest scams. Follow the six simple tips below and you won’t go far wrong.

Educate yourself

First and foremost, you need to be aware of the various scams currently doing the rounds. Catfishing is still one of the most common. However, there are many other fraudulent scams out there, and you need to be aware of them all. Reading up on real-life stories provided by past victims will help you spot the signs of dishonest behaviour, which will allow you to avoid the scams.

Stay private

Fraudsters are very clever, so you cannot afford to make their life too easy by disclosing too many details. Keep your dating profile simple – it’s possible to show your personality without giving away too much information. Meanwhile, remember to check the status of your social media profiles as fraudsters may try to access those pages in a bid to unlock further details about you.

Move slowly

Once you spark that connection with someone online, it’s easy to let your excitement get the better of you. However, it’s imperative that you approach the situation with caution. Never give money or bank details to anyone. Never send messages or images that could be used against you. And try to stay on the site rather than moving towards text messaging and other forms of communication.

Research your love interests

When you’ve met someone that seems worthy of your time, you’ll naturally want to trust them. Unfortunately, the dangers of online dating dictate that you need to do a little research. Use Google image search to check that their pictures haven’t been swiped from someone else, and check their social media presence (or even LinkedIn account) to confirm their credentials.

Choose the right platforms

The harsh reality is that some online dating sites are more open to fraudulent behaviour than others, which is why you must find the perfect solution. Paid services will have payment details of each user stored on their systems, which is a great start. Meanwhile, opting for a service where all users are vetted can only have a positive impact too. If nothing else, it’ll put your mind at ease.

Check for previous scams

Usernames and real names of fraudsters will commonly be reported to sites like PigBusters and RomanceScams. If the love interest appears on those, it might be because someone didn’t take a breakup well. However, you should not ignore the data published on those sites, especially when they relate to scams. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Online dating can be the ticket to love, and now that you know how to avoid the scams, your hopes of success are greater than ever.

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