When you connect with a stranger, look at their profile with a critical eye.

Look for the RED FLAGS

If you see any, walk away! Don’t try to explain it away. Just go!


It is important that you look before and after accepting a friend request.

You will be looking for “Out Of Place Artifacts” – odd things, inconsistencies, something inappropriate for this person.

You will be looking for what is not there too!

Remember, scammers are sloppy and frequently reuse profiles.

Even if the profile is clean, absences and inconsistencies give them away.

  1. Name & Nickname
  2. Profile photos (any hint of other names)
  3. How many photos
  4. Where do they work
  5. Schools / Studies
  6. Live now / used to live places
  7. Relationships
  8. Contact info
  9. Gender
  10. Family relationships
  11. Details
  12. Verified Profile
    [little green check mark – famous or official people have this]
  13. Friends list
  14. Their Followers
  15. Check-ins
  16. Music & Movies & Books
  18. Timeline posts – type and quantity, and gaps in time
  19. Look at the language used – is it consistent for this level of person / nationality
  20. Look at the language setting – English (UK) or English (US)

Finally, always do a name search to see if there are more profiles with the same name using the same face.

A real person will not immediately give you access to their world, but when you get in expect it to be well populated. A new profile is something to hide, even a real person may have something to hide, either way it is a major RED FLAG.


A word about wing-men or women

Always have a friend check out a new contact for you as well. Different people see different things, and can be more skeptical about strangers. If you don’t have someone check them out, what are YOU trying to hide?

Look For Red Flags

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  1. Charlie B Fox August 15, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    And I would add that there are domestic scammers as well. I know. If it goes to court I will testify. I will say that one of the big tip offs to the person not being a native born American is the use of sound similar words that are incongruous in the sentence such as been instead of being. This is an indication of a person in a country where English is the official language but where other native languages may be more commonly used. Ghana is an example of such a country.. There are other examples, but that should not be confused with an attempt at forming a slightly less literate sentence than the person would normally use. Scammers try to do that to hide a literacy level and intellect that allows many scammers to be effective hackers as well.

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