Your unconscious mind gives you hints when it suspects someone is not the real deal, listen to it!So start to balance your approach to online dating.On Valentine’s day, when love is in the air, the Australian consumer watchdog - ACCC is warning people to be wary of scammers when looking for romance online with social media.They have warned that social media and especially Facebook is the most common method scammers use to contact potential victims.
If they claim to have no access to a webcam (unusual these days), your intuition might tell you something.Real intimacy takes time to build, it is based on trust.If they move too quickly into the realm of love and commitment, try not to be flattered. This should be a massive red flag (but unfortunately, many people are seduced by this).Do you communicate a level of vulnerability or desperation in your profile?Online predators are known to target people they perceive as vulnerable as they are considered to be easy marks, so make sure you protect yourself from this.They often use false photographs stolen from other peoples’ social media sites and they present too-good-to-be-true stories about their lives and achievements. It’s important to the note that Catfish prey on all types of people.Anyone can fall victim to an internet scam, not just the naive or socially inexperienced.Falling for a Catfish has nothing to do with intelligence or rational thinking – it’s all about HOPE.When seeking love online, we put ourselves out there and subsequently make ourselves quite vulnerable.If they ask you for cash, this is an indicator that their intentions are based on something other than finding love – walk away! Often, when a Catfish sets up their false dating profile, they set up corresponding Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts to demonstrate ‘social proof’ that they exist.If their other social media profiles appeared online around the same date as their dating profile, this could be an indicator of deception.