Use a video chat service

Make sure that you are able to see their face. Some scammers will talk to you over the phone if you can’t see their face.  Most scammers don’t want to use anything that can help identify them. It’s much harder to identify someone by their voice than by how they look. By using a video chat service, you can see the person that you’re talking to and is another defense in avoiding being catfished. One site I love is a company call Safedate.

With, Safedate you can Use SafeDate Certification, SafeTalk, and VideoDate services to stay safe and secure before you meet a potential date face to face. SafeDate Certification means transparency and honesty – their background check and identity verification services make online dating safer

It’s oK to ask for proof of who they really are

It’s OK to ask someone for proof of who they really are. If you’ve been talking to someone for a while and there is some love interest, you have every right to see their identification, see them in person or even run their credit. Just be open to provide the same if they’re willing to do this for you. Just be careful and confident that it’s really them before giving them your information.

Stay in control

Don’t let someone tell you how to get in contact with them, to send you money or give you personal information. You control the situation. So, if you want to chat on skype or talk to them in person, you should be able to. It’s not normal for people to battle you on how you can contact them. Make sure that you meet people on your terms and don’t fall for any scams if they give you a sob story.

Don’t give them money…EVER

Wiring someone money over the internet is one of the worst thing things that you can do. Don’t give anyone money that you’ve recently just met over the internet. If you send money to someone, makes sure that it’s someone that you know. Even businesses like Moneygram tell you that it’s not safe to send money to people that you don’t know. If you already have and think that you’ve been scammed, you can file a report here but, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get the money back. This is almost always the case.

Don’t EVER give away personal information

If someone you meet on a dating site or social network asks for personal information like additional pictures, parents info, drivers license, bank or any other personal info, don’t give it to them. Wi it’s not uncommon for individuals to try and get your personal information and even pictures. This gives them leverage if you ever try and call them out or report them. This happens and is not uncommon so, be careful.

Another tactic for catfish and online scammers is to get personal info to be able to hack into your personal accounts. We’re talking accounts like Facebook, email and even bank accounts. This is called   phishing. Don’t give them any information that could lead to them gaining access to any of your personal or banking accounts.

Be suspicious if someone contacts you out of the blue

It’s not common for someone you don’t know to come contact you out of the blue. Think about online with the same logic that you would in real life. The only people that would normally come to your house without you knowing who they are would only be a door to door salesperson or someone wanting to talk about their religion. If you don’t know the person then be suspicious! Ask question.

If someone that you don’t know is contacting you, there is most likely a motive for it. They are usually someone trying to deceive you by faking their identity, trying to scam you out of money or both. You need to protect yourself from being scammed and the best way is to not be afraid to ask questions.

What is Catfish?

What is Catfish? A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances. If you have ever watched the MTV show “Catfish” with Nev and Max, then you will know all about Catfishing. Because of the high use of all these social networks across the internet such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., and the diversity of different age groups whom are familiar with using the internet, Catfish scams have been on the rise the last few years. There are thousands of different dating websites across the internet today and people are getting Catfished on a daily basis. Do you ever wonder if the person you met online is actually the person that they say they are? Do you want to know more about this person? Do not wait to call us until you are a victim of a crime that could of been prevented. I will be showing you some tips and tricks you can use to protect yourself.