5 ways to avoid being catfished

People might think you’re mad – but you’ve fallen for someone online.

You’re not alone as so many people in this technological generation are finding love through dating sites, on Facebook, or anywhere else.

However, while it may be legit and for real, there are some steps you should take to ensure this person is who they say you are.

It’s a lot easier than pretending there is no chance and being hurt later on.

1. Google, google, google
Use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Skype to make sure this person is who they say they are. If they have more than one social profile with the same picture/name/details then there is more of a chance the are who they say.

2. Facebook photos
If their Facebook photos are all of their “modelling” or DJing” days then that may be a bad sign. Is there photos of everyday things also? Of that same model doing normal things, looking normal? It may also be a bad sign if there is only one or two pictures.

3. Videochat
Insist of videochat – they will surely want to if they have nothing to hide, right? If they hold off or have some terrible excuse (“I have no camera”…please) then there is probably a reason why.

4. Too good to be true?
So they are a billionaire with their own helicopter and spend 4 months of the year cruising the Greek Islands in their own private yacht…Right. Ok, it’s not impossible, but don’t be naive either.

5. Face to Face
Try to meet up as soon as you establish mutual admiration. Always, always meet in a very public place in daylight hours and bring a friend. Don’t put yourself at risk.