If you’ve been scammed on dating sites, you probably know how it feels to be left with a broken heart and empty pockets. Many people are out there looking to take advantage of others for their gain. Unfortunately, this also applies to people you meet online. Scammers are everywhere and won’t hesitate to use any means necessary to get what they want from you. You might think it can’t happen to you, but the sad truth is that it probably will at some point.
Scammers are highly cunning individuals who trick their victims into handing over money or personal information without hesitation. They do this by offering something that sounds too good to be true in exchange for your help (for example, sending them money) or by pretending to be someone else entirely. It can be challenging to tell if someone is genuine when meeting them online for the first time – especially if they appear trustworthy and kind-hearted. However, there are a few red flags worth noting to avoid getting caught up in their trap once again.
How To Track A Scammer On Hangouts
1. Determining a person is a scammer on Hangouts.
The first thing you should do when meeting a new person online is to observe them closely. If you can see them on your screen, you can quickly determine if they are legitimate or not. If you can’t see them, however, you’ll have to rely on a few other methods to determine if they are someone you can trust. – Does their profile fit the type of person you’re looking for? – Are they open and honest about who they are and what they are looking for? – Do they have a well-written, comprehensive profile that is easy to read? – Are they patient and respectful with you during your initial conversation? – Do they use correct spelling and grammar in their messages? – Do they avoid pressuring you into meeting in person?
2. They won’t show you their face on Hangouts
If someone refuses to show you their face on your screen while you communicate, they are most likely a scammer. There are very few legitimate reasons why anyone wouldn’t want you to see them, and one of them is definitely because they are hiding something. If you’re wondering why this is a red flag, you must understand that scammers often seek to steal your personal information and money. To do this, they need to trick you into believing that they are someone they aren’t. They do this by speaking to you through a different phone number or Google account, which can’t be traced back to them. Few people can resist the need to trust someone once they’ve established a genuine connection with them. It’s human nature to want to connect with others, and it can often be challenging to see past someone’s facade. If someone on the other end of your screen refuses to show their face, it is best to walk away rather than take a risk.
3. They ask for your money
If you’ve been talking to someone for a few weeks or months and they suddenly come up with a sob story about how they are struggling financially, they are likely asking you for money. Scammers often try to trick their victims into sending them money by making up a story about a recent misfortune that befell them. Perhaps they got fired from their job unexpectedly, got into a car accident, or had to travel to visit a sick family member. If you meet someone online and they ask you for financial assistance of some kind, you should feel very uneasy about sending it to them. If someone you’ve been talking to for months suddenly asks you for a loan and you’re unsure if you can trust them, it’s best to walk away.
4. They ask for your personal information
If someone you’ve been talking to for a few weeks or months suddenly asks for your social security number or any other pieces of personal information, you should be extremely wary of them. Scammers often ask their victims for their social security number so that they can open up a new line of credit with it or take out a loan. They may also ask you for your passport number so they can travel outside the country. If someone you’ve been speaking to for a while asks you for your name, address, and birth date, you should feel slightly uneasy about the situation. They likely want this information so that they can open up a new bank account in your name or apply for a new credit card. They may also want your social security number so that they can apply for a loan using your name.
5. They ask you to pay their bills or visa costs
If a person you’ve been talking to for a few weeks or months suddenly asks you to pay their bills or visa costs, you should feel very uneasy about the situation. Scammers often ask their victims to pay their bills so they can remain in the country. They may also ask you to pay for their plane ticket so that they can visit you. If someone you’ve been speaking to suddenly starts asking you to pay their bills, it’s best to walk away. It is nearly impossible to do so successfully, and you should be wary of anyone who asks you to do it. Although it is possible to help someone in need without getting scammed, it is tough to do so. You must ensure that what you’re doing isn’t illegal, avoid falling for their scam, and not hurt your finances.
6. Their profile is too good to be true.
Another sign that someone you’ve been talking to online is a scammer is if their profile is too good to be true. If you meet someone who claims to be an engineer or doctor but doesn’t sound like it in their profile, they are likely lying to you. Scammers often inflate their education and job title in their profiles to attract more people to talk to. They may also write their profile in a way that is overly dramatic and emotional so that you feel compelled to talk to them. If you find that their profile is written in a way that doesn’t sound genuine, it’s best to walk away before you get scammed.
7. You feel pressured or uneasy during your conversation.
If you feel pressure to respond to someone’s messages quickly or feel uneasy about a conversation you are having with someone, you’ve likely met a scammer. Scammers often try to get you to respond to them as quickly as possible because they want to talk to you as much as possible before you realize that they are a scammer. They also want to talk to you as much as possible because it gives them time to build a connection with you and make you feel comfortable talking to them. If you feel like you have to respond to their messages before you’re ready or uncomfortable communicating with them, it’s best to walk away.
The Bottom Line
Always be careful and trust your gut. If someone seems too good to be true, they probably are. The best thing you can do to avoid falling for a scammer is to remain cautious. If you find a person you’ve been talking to online acting strangely, walk away from the conversation. It is better to be safe than sorry; you certainly don’t want to be a scammer’s next victim.