Here I’m going to walk you through the process of using Google Images to find out if the person might be using a fake photo.
Fake photos often point to fake profiles (or at least someone who’s lying about what they look like! Here I have a (fictional) profile where I’m a bit suspicious that I might be looking at someone using fake photos. Getting the Image Location from When logged into your account, open the suspicious profile and right-click the photo then: 2.
The female profile is in her 20s (29 was the most common age), and also has a high income.The male profile is in his late 40s (48 is the most common age) with a high income.He presents himself as a widower, with a degree and of average height (5’10”).Real people most often have real photos and if none of the photos in the profile look like a “normal” photo, I would be suspicious.Around 7.8 million UK adults used online dating sites in 2016, up from just 100,000 in 2000.Nancy is now facing bankruptcy, and although her case is extreme, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £10,000 according to Action Fraud.“A lot of the online dating fraudsters we know are abroad.However, you should see a link at the top that says: Click this link and you should now see matches for the image.For “real” profile photos this very well may return no results as the photo may not be on the internet.But then they suddenly need money for rent too, then food, then medical fees, and it can quickly escalate.Nancy*, a 47-year-old single mother from North Yorkshire was conned out of over £350,000 that way: “I wasn't comfortable, and then I got so far in I couldn't get myself out, and I didn't want to walk away having lost £50,000 or what-have-you, so you keep going in the hope that you're wrong and this person is genuine,” she explained to the BBC.