We just finished watching Netflix’s new documentary The Tinder Swindler and like most of the world, we were left pretty shaken up. It got us thinking; Valentines Day is coming up and online dating swipes are rising, so we thought we’d give you some tips to avoid romance scams ?
- Scammers tend to ask you a lot of questions about you and tell you 0% about themselves. Cute right? Nope. This is to learn more about your financial status and background so that they can extort, blackmail and scam you for all your worth.
- Beware of love-bombing: If someone you just met online is going through great lengths to shower you with gifts, compliments and just seems too good to be true – they most likely are. These are tactics used to gain your trust and make you feel more comfortable around them.
- Ever met someone online, arranged a time & place to meet and then something on their end came up as to why they couldn’t make it? And then that happened like, five more times? Yeah, red flag – RUN – because you’re likely being catfished.
- A sneaky lil’ trick that fraudsters use to get your info is to try and leave the dating app asap so they can get your email, mobile number & socials. Sharing this info too quickly is a no-no (unless you’re using YEO, obviously).
- Can’t believe that we even have to say this, but NEVER share your personal info with someone you have just met online. This means stuff like your banking details, location, passwords…
- Basically, proceed with caution when meeting people online. Yes, stranger danger IS a thing… Trust your intuition and get to know people before opening up too quickly.
- If you or someone you know is being scammed, contact the FTC (USA) or Action Fraud (United Kingdom) and check out their websites for more resources. Happy, *SAFE* dating!