Internet dating danger signs
This is one of the easiest warning signs to spot early on in your communication with someone.
If you notice that the person you're corresponding with only has photos that seem outdated or that have been taken from far away or from extreme angles, it's not unreasonable to suspect that she might be hiding something and probably does not look quite the same in person.
When logging onto one of the dozens of dating and hook-up sites on the Internet what becomes quickly evident is that many, if not most, of the users on the sites are fake.
Scam artists use sophisticated software, called a “robot” or “bot”, to create and operate profiles for the purposes of luring real users to give up their info.
If the person you have met has a "Don't call me, I'll call you" policy once you have taken the relationship beyond e-mail, it may mean that he's trying to conceal his relationship with you from a wife or girlfriend.
If you do manage to get his phone number but he insists on only texting and never answers when you call, that's another red flag.
The dating site itself could become the target of attack, a breach could lead to the loss of identifying and/or embarrassing information.
ISPs, censors or hostile governments could target or monitor traffic looking for visitors in general, or a specific orientation in particular.
Malware and/or hackers could target traffic coming to or leaving a known dating site in order to intercept vital information.
Oppressive governments, hateful organizations or individuals could embed cookies or tracking technology to geo-locate visitors to sites that meet a certain profile.
Scam artists can set up fake accounts through which to operate.
Symantec reported as recently as summer 2016 there were a minimum of 13 fake or cloned sites perpetrating the same dating site scams; fake verification.
Verification is a service offered by a variety of social media and dating outlets but usually reserved for celebrities and other public figures whose profiles might otherwise be met with skepticism.Parker writes extensively on creative self-employment and genealogy; her work has appeared on and