Red flags should be raised if they want you to use instant messaging or email very soon after initially making contact, taking you away from the dating site where you originally met.
And be wary if someone online, after a short time of corresponding, professes strong feelings for you and asks to chat with you privately.
If the person refuses, this should make you suspicious. Professional photos should be a red flag - especially if they look like a model.
Look for amateur photos and check if they have more than one. member recommended using to check the legitimacy of profile pictures on dating websites.
Romance scammers who are just looking after your money can appear desperate if you don’t send it straight away, and their emails or calls will become more persistent, direct or even aggressive.
And if you do send money, they will just keep asking you to send more, as they will view you as an ‘easy target’.
This website allows you to upload photographs and uses recognition technology to see if there are matches to the photo anywhere else on the internet.
Check that the profile on the dating website is consistent with what you’ve been told.
Common fake profiles will use the details of trusted individuals, such as military personnel, aid workers, medical professionals or professionals working abroad, as well as pictures from other legitimate websites.
Be alert for anybody you’re talking to who disappears from the site and you suspect may later have reappeared under a different name.
If anyone does ask you for money, alarm bells should ring immediately, and you should report this to the dating website.