The world we live in is made up over 7 billion people. Over 75% of that 7 billion use the internet and of that percentage, 1 in 5 use the World Wide Web to meet someone new. Whether as a friend or even something more, there is always a catch to it all. But, how safe is the internet exactly? How do we know we are talking to the person in the picture?
With the documentary and hit television series Catfish, we cannot be so sure that the person who represents themselves as the individual in the picture is really that person. So, how do you spot a fake online dating profile?
THEIR PROFILE IS EMPTY When it comes to any kind of social networking website, a real person always takes the time to fill out their online profile. Even if they were to put it off the first day they joined, a real person would go back later to fill out any information they have missed. If you add that attractive girl or guy, keep this in mind before you actually befriend them.
THEY HAVE LESS THAN 100 FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK You can tell a lot about a person’s existence by the friends they have on the popular social media website Facebook. In fact, according to Nev Schulman, creator and host of the Catfish television series you can as he suggests that this is a major sign of a fake online dating profile.
OCCUPATION “MODELING” It seems that most people who are representing fake identities always choose the modeling occupation. Even if Instagram is their modeling agency, it is important to always question someone who claims to be a model especially if you haven’t seen them in anything.
THEY HAVE PICTURES OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE As one of the most evident ways to determine a factual identity, it is key to look at all of the pictures. Do you notice that they have more pictures of their body than their face? If you look at their face, do you notice that the face and hair look different in practically all of their pictures? If so, they are fake.
JUST ONE PICTURE If they represent themselves using just one picture more than likely they are not who they say they are. According to several sources that choose to use one picture this does not always mean a person is a fraud. However; in most cases they are.
THEIR PROFILE CONTAINS HATE When it comes to misrepresenting an innocent third party, most fake profiles will possess libelous hate that is so over-the-top, it is destined to be fake. The next time to discover a profile of the sort, it is important to take the proper action and report it.
LINKS TO ADULT WEBSITES If you are talking to your dream girl and/or dream guy and you notice that they have an URL in their profile that links to an adult related website more than likely they are not the person they say they are.
THEY CREATE DRAMA FOR NO REASON One of the biggest signs to determine whether someone is fake or real has a lot to do with their overall character. If one of their goals is to create drama for no reason more than likely they are misrepresenting the individual in the pictures and are highly fake, as a result.
If all of these things have checked out and you are still skeptical, you may want to ask them to make you a sign saying the URL to their Facebook profile or ask them to video chat using Skype or Face Time, etc. The next time you talk to that potential Mr. or Mrs. Right it is very important to look at these signs before taking the next step. It is ok to pry because in the end, if they are real they will not mind it one bit.