How to Protect Yourself from Scam Artists on Dating Apps?

    Just as there is an app for every other thing you can think of under the sun, dating apps have become commonplace for meeting people of your choice. But increasingly, it is seen that many people have fallen prey to scammers on these apps. 

    These scam artists fool people and sometimes exploit them emotionally or siphon out money, and their modus operandi is beyond tricks that you can think of. In this article, let us find out how you can protect yourself from online dating scams. 

    Beware of scammers – tips to protect yourself

    Even if these dating apps are something you would like to continue, follow these tips to safeguard yourself from scammers. These are the online dating scammer list activities that you must consider. 

    • Your instincts matter

    One of the ways by which you can stay protected from scams on these dating apps is to trust your instincts. It is common to have a sense of something not being right when it is fishy. You know very well what is going on around you every day. So, keep your eyes open and keep track of everything going on. If you find something is not right, stop communicating right away. 

    • Check photographs

    It is seen that most scam artists do not use their original pictures. So, if you do see a picture, make sure you reverse-check the image. There are many instances when you will find that the same image is being used in another profile. This is a sure case of fraud, and you can safely stay away from the individual. 

    • Try to gather more information about the prospective match

    Before you get emotionally involved and close, try to collect as much information as possible. Ask a few questions and remember the answer. After a few days, repeat the same questions and determine whether the answers are the same or different this time around. In this way, you will be able to know if there is consistency in the answers. 

    • Never divulge details online

    Scam artists are always on the lookout for details that they gather from dating apps and other social media platforms. So, make sure you are cautious about what you post socially. Do not share personal details about yourself and your friends, and do not post your home address and how you spend your day. 

    • Never do online money transfers with online acquaintances

    According to Cyber Cell Delhi, you must not do any kind of online monetary transaction with any individual you have just met virtually. You will divulge the bank account details, card number, bank account, link, and other wire transfer details by transacting. If your social identification number falls into the wrong hands, he can manipulate the same and empty your bank in no time. So, do not indulge in any kind of fund transfer with people you meet online. This is one way you can protect yourself from online dating service scams. 

    So, prevention is always better than cure. Stay on your guard, and do not let scam artists take you for a ride on these online dating service providers.

    Also Read: How to Secure Android Phone from Hackers?

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    Daniyel Chatterjee
    Daniyel Chatterjee is a Young Researcher in the field of Data Science & Analytics having research experience of more than 8 years. He has a Masters in Computer Engineering and currently serves as an Editorial Assistant in IGI Global, United States of America. Daniyel also holds honorary positions in the Associate Member of Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors, International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology, International Association of Engineers, Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications.

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