On Tinder, you might find someone gorgeous that you really connect with and makes you think that you finally found your soulmate. However, there are many instances where people pretend to be someone they aren’t to trick innocent victims into thinking they finally found the one. The people who create fake profiles and catfish innocent people are called romance scammers and they are only after one thing: your money. They will say and do anything you want them to so that they can trick you into falling in love with them. Then once you have gained their trust, they will start coming up with fake emergencies claiming that they need your help to pay for them. Then, they steal thousands of dollars from their victims and continue to steal money from them until they become bankrupt. This is why it’s important to know the 7 signs of a Tinder romance scammer when swiping right on your potential match.
The 7 Signs of a Tinder Romance Scammer
#1 They Won’t Video Chat You or Meet You in Person
If someone refuses to video chat with you or meet you in person, then they are most likely not who they say they are. A real person would be able to jump on a video chat with you or meet you in person no problem in the 21st century since everyone has a camera embedded in their smartphone or computer screens.
If they don’t have access to one, they could easily borrow their friend’s phone or computer to chat with you via video call. Even if the signal were spotty, they could still video call with barely any reception to show that they are who they say they are. If they don’t attempt to video chat you or meet you in person, then I would move on to the next one who can give you the attention you deserve.
#2 They Move the Relationship Way Too Fast
Scammers are known for moving their relationship with you way too fast so that you would be able to trust them at a faster rate. They know that if they gain your trust faster you will believe in the excuses that they tell you when they start asking you for money.
For example, if they claim to be in the hospital with a broken leg, you’ll believe in what they are saying at a quicker rate since you are in love with this person and want to help them the best that you can. It doesn’t matter if there is no evidence or if the evidence doesn’t make sense, you will try to make it make sense since you are so in love with that person. That is why scammers try to make you fall in love with them faster.
#3 They Claim They Work Overseas
Scammers claim to work overseas to avoid video chatting with you or meeting you in person. They also use these fake careers as excuses to scam their victims out of money. For example, if someone from the military has ever told you that they need money to come back home and see you, they are lying.
The military will always pay for their soldiers to come back home if they want to send them home. They will never ask for their soldier’s loved ones to pay for their food or leave. Oil rig businesses will also pay for their workers’ food and leave too and will never ask anyone else to pay for it.
#4 A Tinder Romance Scammer Will Ask For Money
If a scammer asks for money for any reason, they are most likely lying to get their hands on your hard-earned cash. Scammers will come up with any emergency excuse they can in order to make a few thousand dollars off their victims. They will pretend that their life or job is in danger in order to force the victims they are talking to into sending them all their money. Then once they get this money, they will come up with more excuses and reasons as to why you need to give them more money.
When you try to tell them no, they will keep pressuring you into sending them more money anyways by guilt-tripping you. They will claim that you don’t love them anymore or don’t care about them if you don’t send them anything to prove it. Don’t listen to these tactics, this is how they scam their many victims out of their money.
#5 They Ask For Cryptocurrency and Gift Cards
Scammers ask for unusual payment methods such as cryptocurrency and gift cards when asking victims for their money. This is because these methods of payment are untraceable, making it extremely difficult for victims to get their money back. Scammers can then take these gift cards and sell them on third-party websites for 80% of the profit.
For example, if you send them $100 in gift cards they could sell those gift cards to get $80 in cashback. With cryptocurrency, scammers can make a profit off of what you invest in Bitcoin and turn it into cash. Since cryptocurrency purchases are basically anonymous, it’s nearly impossible to get your money back from Bitcoin.
#6 They Make Plans to See You and They Always Fall Through
Scammers keep victims on their toes by claiming that they are going to come out and see them. However, on the day they are supposed to come and see you, they claim that an emergency has happened. They claim that they are deeply sorry that they can’t come to see you and claim that they will see you on another day.
Then, that day comes and there is still an excuse as to why they can’t come out. Scammers do this so that you will think they are a real person since they have tried to see you before. However, they know deep down that they will never meet you in person.
#7 This Tinder Romance Scammer Doesn’t Show Up on a Social Catfish Search
At Social Catfish, we want to help you verify the identities of those who might seem suspicious to you. If you have their name, email address, phone number, social media username, or image, you can reverse search and see who the suspected person was that you’ve been in contact with if you think you’ve been a victim of romance scams. Make sure to report any suspected romance scam to the FTC for more resources.