Using dating apps like Tinder, Lovoo, Bumble and Co. is no longer uncommon today. As a Bitkom study from 2019 shows, every third German looks for love on the Internet. So online dating is trendy – but how do you protect yourself from fraudsters and other dangers? After all, finding a partner on the Internet also has certain downsides. The following 10 tips for safer online dating will help you reduce the risk of being scammed.
In a pool of flirtatious interlocutors and potential dates, there are often fraudsters. With the help of identity forgeries and other fraudulent schemes, criminals get the personal information or private photos of their flirt partners. Identity theft is just a crime for online dating fraudsters. “Romance Scamming”, the pretending to be in love in order to obtain financial support, bullying, physical distress, stalking and blackmail are also dangers of online dating. To avoid being targeted by fraudsters, you should know how to recognize a potential attack and how to protect yourself from it. The following 10 tips for safer online dating will help you find out about scammers.
Online dating safety starts with choosing the right platform. Free apps or online portals often lack the financial resources to adequately protect users. So it makes sense to put a little money into your hands and trust partner exchanges that carry out thorough personal verification and are TÜV tested, such as Parship, eDarling or ElitePartner.
In the case of free online dating offers, you should inform yourself in advance about the security of the platform in the terms and conditions. A look at customer service also tells you how important the security of its members is to the partner exchange. The broader the customer service, the greater the likelihood that users’ concerns will be taken seriously.
This is of course easier said than done, but there are certain indications that suggest that a profile is a “fake profile”. Could the person be perfectly staged like a model in the only photo they have online? Does it only give standard answers and always remains on the surface? You can recognize a “fake profile” based on such clues. As soon as you’ve discovered a suspicious account, you should report it to the platform and block it directly.
Professional and good-looking photos are sometimes stolen from the Internet or come from online picture archives. You can use Google reverse search to uncover fake photos. This works best in Chrome.