6 ways to spot a fake profile on Tinder and other dating apps

I have been using Tinder for the last one year and have had the chance to meet some interesting people. However, the more I swiped right on Tinder and matched with seemingly attractive and intelligent people, I learned that Tinder also has its fair share of fake profiles despite the fact that the app uses Facebook to verify its users. Pictures or text – this is what is more important for your online dating profile.

There’s nothing worse than knowing that you wasted your time and energy on a completely fake profile and the sad truth is that these creeps usually get away with it. So the only way to protect yourself and your information is to be alert and look for these six red flags that indicate it is a fake profile.

1. They only have one picture

If the profile you stumbled across on Tinder has only one picture and the person is very good looking, chances are, that is a picture of a anyone but them. Another dead giveaway that it’s a fake profile is that there will be no bio or description. These are the things people need to stop doing on dating apps.

2. Every question is met with a vague answer

When you ask where they work, reside or where they are from, they reply in one or two words and then conveniently change the subject. Instead, they will ask many questions about you ranging from what your surname is to which company you work with. If they seem far too curious about you from the very beginning without talking much about themselves, avoid giving out any information.

3. They won’t exchange numbers

You’ve had a great conversation with him or her and you want to take start texting them on WhatsApp but they don’t share their number with you. They also refuse to Skype or have any voice calls with you despite your repeated requests.

4. They seem too good to be true

You matched with a guy (or girl) who not only looks like a model with chiselled features, a perfect body and great hair but they also instantly reply to your messages and compliment you. You can’t believe your luck and if you think they are too good to be true, then they most probably are. It is very common for Indian men and even some women to steal pictures of Caucasian models through social media and other sources and then use them on Tinder and other dating apps. So, watch out!

5. Nothing seems to add up

It is always a good idea to ask as many questions as you can and then follow up on those questions to see if their answers are consistent to weed out fake profiles. A phoney can keep up his fake online persona for only a limited period of time. If their stories don’t match up and you feel like they might be lying, don’t ignore those red flags.

6. They refuse to send a selfie                   

There are people who aren’t comfortable putting up more than one picture on their dating profiles or are just too paranoid to share their number. So another way to verify if you are talking to a real person is to ask for a selfie on Snapchat, Kik or Instagram. Ask them to wave or hold up a newspaper in that selfie to be sure they’re not using someone else’s pic. If they refuse, block them right away. Here’s which dating app you should choose.

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