One of the essential image searches you ever conduct could be for a romance scammer. This is because scammers steal images owned by others and can pretend to be anyone they want. These types of scammer cons happen to millions of people yearly.
The risks are real and often dangerous when scammers trick victims into putting their financial and personal safety at risk. Scammers might be after your money, secrets, love, attention, gifts, family, or even your life.
Scammers rely on you trusting them. Their cons are built around fake works and catfished identities. They don’t need you to trust them forever and, after a while, their red flags may begin to add up and be unmistakable.
However, for as long as you can and do trust them, they have you in their web and will use every lie, trick, and excuse to keep you right where they want you to be. It is your job to protect yourself from a scammer. You might think that the person you’re talking to online is who they claim to be, but how do you know for sure?
Having a distinct online identity and even catfishing someone (as long as no money or gifts are exchanged or requested) is legal in most cases. This means that a scammer could be pretending to be someone else and not even be breaking the law!
You might be sharing private personal photographs or information with someone older or younger than you thought and not even the gender they claimed to be. Many scammers claim they are United States citizens but live internationally in 3rd world countries such as Nigeria, as part of 419 scams.
The reality is that you should fact check every person you regularly connect with online. The best way to do this is by image search. This is because scammers can’t use their real photographs, so they have stolen the images they are sending you from the web! Search for the photos they have sent you and can unmask the scammer(s) in your life!
How to Search Romance Scammer Photos (Step-by-Step)
- Go to Social Catfish.
- Select “Image”.
- Then, upload or browse the images you have saved from a scammers texts, emails, social profile, dating profile, etc.
- Clear images are essential for a successful search.
- Search the best pictures you have first and crop any additional backgrounds (for instance, if you took a screenshot from Facebook and the background for your web screen shows).
- Review results.
- Social Catfish sorts your results into similar and exact matches. Review both.
Another plus is that the site’s algorithm will continue to scan the web for your scammers images regularly. Notice whether you find matches that link to other fake scammer profiles or to the original person who owns the photos and doesn’t even know they’re being used incorrectly by a scammer!
Take action. Once you find results that prove you’re dealing with a scammer, block their profile. Also, contact the site or platform you met them on and report their fake profile. If you have lost funds or money, report the crime to the Federal Trade Commission.
For the price of one cup of coffee, you can prevent even one more day of anguish due to being conned by a scammer. Don’t let scammers steal your money, account or credit information, gift cards, or identity. Send a message to catfish and scammers by taking action and finding proof on Social Catfish.
Social Catfish has the tools that scammers hate! We can help you search by name, username, email address, phone number, and search by image. Set yourself free from being a scammers next con. Conduct a reverse image search today!