Friends who typically just occasionally "like" a person's posts but do not have frequent, regular banter with them are most likely just acquaintances.But friends who appear in photos or tag people regularly are probably closer friends.If a person makes excuses every time that you want to Skype or talk via phone, this is a red flag.They might claim that they don't have time, or that their camera is broken, but keep in mind that every modern day smartphone, laptop and tablet has the ability to video chat.When using this medium, you can quickly feel as if you have gotten to know the person you are talking with and feel a very intimate level of trust, like I did with my husband.A recent Canadian news story shows a darker side to this, however.I have been to four weddings of couples who met and fell in love using online dating sites. Unfortunately, like many other facets of online life, dating scams have increased dramatically.
I go in-depth on the topic in my book , but for now, let's take a look at seven indications that someone that you are talking with might be catfishing you and use them to help catch the catfisher. If a person won't video chat or carry on a telephonic conversation.He was able to portray himself as the perfect catch for each of the women he scammed.He even was so bold as to take one of the women to "his condo" in Toronto, though as it turned out, he was not listed in any records as the owner of the condo.You can also find legal documents like bankruptcy filings, divorce records and sometimes marriage licenses. When people are communicating online, they will frequently send each other photos in real time.Some cities and states even post traffic tickets online. During a conversation, ask to see a photo of the person right then.