You might be the target of a catfish or romance scammer. Here are some easy ways to determine if your new “friend” is really just someone trying to steal your identity or money.
Be wary of unexpected invitations to connect from total strangers, especially if the profile picture is very attractive, the person lives a long distance for you or is not within your age group.
If your new acquaintance seems to have a lot in common with you, think twice. This is how catfishers build an emotional relationship with you.
If the new friend can never meet, talk live on the phone or have a video conference with you, that’s a red flag.
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