Dating is a stage of interpersonal relationships in Western cultures in which two people connect socially to determine each other’s suitability as a future sexual partner. It’s a form of courtship in which the couple attends social activities, either alone or with others.
How to Know a Fake Profile On the Dating Platform
A quick look at a profile reveals a lot right away. Always remember that if a profile seems to be too good to be true (for example, a drop-dead gorgeous foreign dignitary searching for someone to sail the world on his or her dime), it most likely is.
Lack of Photos
If the profile only has one or two pictures, or if the photos tend to be generic stock photos (of people smiling at the camera), it could be a red flag that the profile is fake. It’s not difficult to steal photos from other people’s social media pages. A large number of photos does not always suggest a genuine profile; however, a profile with no photos or just one or two generic images is likely to be a fake.
Lack of Information
Someone who doesn’t want to put their best foot forward and just wants to get their profile up and running so they can start messaging people might build a profile with just a couple of images and the bare minimum of information. It’s a sign of someone who is either pretending to be someone they aren’t or who is too lazy to meet someone.
Check the Photo
The trick popularized by MTV’s Catfish show is to click and drag the image via a Google image search. Any other websites that use the same image will be shown. If it appears on other websites, pay attention to the information.
- Is it used as a stock picture on a commercial website? If this is the case, it was almost certainly copied for the dating profile.
- Is it listed under a different name on social media profiles? If this is the case, the owner of the dating profile could have copied the photo from the social media page.
Check Social Media Profiles
Look up the name of the profile on social media. There will be no social media profile matches if the dating profile is fake. Check a variety of platforms; some people prefer to avoid certain websites. Check to see how long the profile has been active and how many friends or acquaintances the individual has if you find any similar social media accounts. A brand-new social media profile with a small following could indicate that it was created to cultivate an identity across multiple platforms.
Since a computer program is in charge of interacting with you, some online profiles were created by humans but are run by bots; any contact you have with them will sound a little off and stilted. You might be conversing with a computer program if you find yourself in an unusual conversation with someone from a dating website.
Another way to tell if you’re in conversation is if you get generic messages that could be sent to multiple people without modification; this could indicate that a person is talking with a large number of people from a generated persona rather than looking for a specific person to talk with. As a result, if messages are repetitive, such as “Good morning – go make today the best day!” or similar phrases, you might be interacting with someone who created a fake profile in order to connect with as many people as possible – maybe to scam or solicit money.
Scam or Shy?
Individuals enter dating sites with the express intent of defrauding other users by assuming a false identity and posing as someone they are not. These con artists entice people into an online relationship by claiming that they need money to visit them, or that they desperately need money to pay their rent, or some other emergency they may think of. Others aspire to be someone or something other than themselves because they are unhappy with who they are. According to eHarmony, more than half of all online dating profiles involve some kind of deception. Take online profiles with a grain of salt, and if you develop feelings for someone and want to be friends, insist on a video chat or other means of confirming their identity.