My friends tell stories of guys who ended up already having girlfriends, and - the most common - those who promise relationships, but leave after just one night.1) He calls you ‘baby’ If you meet someone online and within a few messages they’re telling you how much you mean to them, and how they love you to bits: stay away.This is not a modern day version of love at first sight (of your profile pic) – it’s a sign that they’re a bit of a creep.
But if that’s really the case, it won't be because of their fake flattery and hyperbole.
In simple terms, when they start saying, “Since you came into my life baby, I have looked forward to each sunshine” - as the fake ‘James Richards’ did - you should think again.
2) His profile pic looks a lot like Robert Pattinson This is not a miracle – you have not found a younger, real version of Mr Twilight.
Instead, the person you’re messaging has just stolen a picture off the internet of the most ‘normal’ looking celeb he could find.
If you’re in doubt, save the picture onto your computer and then drag it into Google. And if he really does look like Pattinson (or Benedict Cumberbatch like this teen)? 3) He says he earns over £1m a year Most dating sites have columns where you fill in your basic details and there is an option to put down your salary.
Personally, I don’t trust anyone who fills this in at all.
But you really need to be concerned when someone says they earn over a million a year.
If it wasn’t for online dating, most of my generation would be single.
Tinder, OKCupid, Plenty of Fish are all standard apps you'd expect to see on a single person’s smartphone. Now, having your own ‘oh, we met on the internet’ story is just as romantic as meeting IRL (in real life).
Only yesterday, a court heard how a group of women using were allegedly conned out of £220,000 by a gang posing as ‘attractive middle-aged men’.
One woman, Suzanne Hardman, was reduced to tears as she recounted how ‘James Richards’ conned her out of £170,000 – her life savings. And there are ways we can all be tricked - even those who think they're clued up about online dating.