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5 tips for avoiding romance scams on dating apps

Published on Sep 02, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Check out these top five ways to avoid romance scams on dating apps

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A recent survey showed that more than 67% of women find online dating safer than dating in real life because of the apps' water-tight security. Most reputable dating apps have security checks in place to keep scammers and spammers out of the platform but some miscreants can make it through even with all the measures and 24/7 surveillance. In times like these, being vigilant is crucial. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Ravi Mittal, Founder and CEO of QuackQuack, suggested top five ways to avoid romance scams on dating apps - (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 02, 2023 06:00 AM IST

A recent survey showed that more than 67% of women find online dating safer than dating in real life because of the apps' water-tight security. Most reputable dating apps have security checks in place to keep scammers and spammers out of the platform but some miscreants can make it through even with all the measures and 24/7 surveillance. In times like these, being vigilant is crucial. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Ravi Mittal, Founder and CEO of QuackQuack, suggested top five ways to avoid romance scams on dating apps - (Shutterstock)

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1. Verify photos - Be cautious of generic photos or profile pictures that might look overly attractive. Use reverse image search tools available on the internet to scan if the pictures in the profile appear elsewhere on the internet. Scammers usually use stolen images to make themselves seem more tempting to users. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 02, 2023 06:00 AM IST

1. Verify photos - Be cautious of generic photos or profile pictures that might look overly attractive. Use reverse image search tools available on the internet to scan if the pictures in the profile appear elsewhere on the internet. Scammers usually use stolen images to make themselves seem more tempting to users. (Unsplash)

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2. Verify the profile- Look for inconsistencies in the account, such as mismatching of information they have provided in their profiles. Check the bio too. Scammers often tend to leave it empty. It speaks volumes about a person. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 02, 2023 06:00 AM IST

2. Verify the profile- Look for inconsistencies in the account, such as mismatching of information they have provided in their profiles. Check the bio too. Scammers often tend to leave it empty. It speaks volumes about a person. (Shutterstock)

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3. Guard private information- Don't rush to share private details like home address, phone number, social media handles, and photos. One of the most effective ways to navigate the virtual dating world safely is by not sharing sensitive information with a new match. Moreover, the desi dating app recommends daters never share their contact details on their profile. There have been scattered incidents where scammers have gotten hold of this information and misused them for money extortion.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 02, 2023 06:00 AM IST

3. Guard private information- Don't rush to share private details like home address, phone number, social media handles, and photos. One of the most effective ways to navigate the virtual dating world safely is by not sharing sensitive information with a new match. Moreover, the desi dating app recommends daters never share their contact details on their profile. There have been scattered incidents where scammers have gotten hold of this information and misused them for money extortion.(Shutterstock)

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4. Take it slow- Romance scammers often try to rush a connection, profess their love within days of chatting, and start steering the conversation toward personal finances. There's no shame in being a little skeptical. Daters should take their time to get to know each other and be wary of any monetary requests or if a match claims to be in a dire situation.(Illustration: Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 02, 2023 06:00 AM IST

4. Take it slow- Romance scammers often try to rush a connection, profess their love within days of chatting, and start steering the conversation toward personal finances. There's no shame in being a little skeptical. Daters should take their time to get to know each other and be wary of any monetary requests or if a match claims to be in a dire situation.(Illustration: Shutterstock)

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5. Virtual First Date- In one of the surveys on top safety measures, 41% of daters suggested setting up a virtual first date before meeting in real life. It's the best way to gauge the match and keep an eye out for evident red flags. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 02, 2023 06:00 AM IST

5. Virtual First Date- In one of the surveys on top safety measures, 41% of daters suggested setting up a virtual first date before meeting in real life. It's the best way to gauge the match and keep an eye out for evident red flags. (Freepik)

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