If you find yourself on a less well-known dating site where each profile features a more attractive person than the last and everyone seems to be an expert at photo retouching, it’s likely that you’re about to fall victim to a scam.
Free online dating sites seem to be the most common offenders of this crime, and many of them have no ill intent besides convincing you to join using fake photos.
This is a chief online dating red flag to worry about, as emotional instability is potentially a symptom of a greater mental disorder.
Though predators who frequent online dating sites are generally interested in harming adults, there have been cases of women dating men online only to find out that the men were interested in those women’s young children for horrible reasons.
If you mention your children in your profile and potential dates seem to have more questions about them than you, it is a sign that you should not ignore.
Fake profiles are generally used to mine information from unsuspecting singles, or to convince you to download malware (generally disguised as a photo file) that will steal your data and put you at risk.
Individual profiles are often used by scammers, but even worse are entire websites created for the same purpose.