Let’s say you joined one of the international dating agencies and have bgoogleeen chatting with a sexy foreign girl for several weeks. But something just doesn’t feel quite right; things she said, inconsistencies, perhaps she is even starting to drop hints that she needs money! You suspect that she may be a scammer, but you don’t want to insult her on the off chance that she is legit!. What do you do?
Finding Online Dating Scammer Photos
If you are like 99.999% of guys who join a mail order bride site you probably first noticed the site because of the photos of hundreds beautiful women. They are amazing, but those photos can also protect you from being scammed. Because with a little effort you can often track down the photographs of serious scammers.
Dating scams are the most difficult topic for men interested in foreign women. Because of incredible media bias most guys simply assume that all mail order brides are scammers. That is not true, but some men do get scammed and that hurts.
It hurts, because getting scammed is not really about the money involved. Emotionally, getting scammed for $20 can be just a devastating as getting scammed for $20,000. So, if you are worried about getting scammed, first go read our article about mail order bride scams and how to avoid being a victim.
So, first go read that article, so we are all operating under the same set of assumptions.
Now, let’s say you joined an international dating agencies and you have been chatting with a sexy foreign girl for several weeks. But something just doesn’t feel quite right; things she say are slightly inconsistent, perhaps she is even starting to drop hints that she needs money.
You suspect that she may be a scammer, but you don’t want to insult her on the off chance that she is legit. This is important, because there are a lot of shades of grey in when it comes to deciding if woman, or more accurately, someone claiming to be a woman, is really a scammer.
So, how do you investigate the woman? Well, the first thing is to be patient and walk through the process before you jump to any conclusions.
How To Investigate Online Dating Scams
Investigating romance scams is difficult, but there are tools out there that can help you make your decision. A lot of times you cannot be certain, but sometimes you can convict a woman of being a scammer beyond a reasonable doubt. But of course, if you do there is a chance she is not a woman.
One of the first things you can do is to see if she has been flagged before as a scammer. There are dozens of sites out there that have pictures of known dating scammers. These sites have a lot of problems, but here are some of the better ones:
There are several problems with these anti-scam sites. They examine scammers from absolutely horrible dating sites that are heaven for scammers. They are hard to use. They just give you too much information, and unless you want to spend hours and hours poring thru their databases.
The biggest issue with these sites is that many of the men complaining have not really been scammed, they have been disappointed. If you read take the time and read the letters you will quickly realize that some of the men made a dumb mistake, others really got scammed, and, some of these poor guys are just nuts.
If you spend a lot of time reading these sites not only will you be too scared to pursue a mail order bride. You will not be willing to talk to a woman at a coffee house, the gym, or even a church picnic.
These sites paint a very grim view of romance and they are probably not healthy.
So, unless you have a connection at Interpol, the CIA, or know Mark Zuckerberg personally what can you do? Well, there is a better way to start your search – Google Image Search.
Then you can actually compare photos of the woman you are communicating with to other photos across the web and usually you will quickly see if those photos are being used by romantic con artists.
Using Google Images to Uncover Online Dating Scammers
Google has more information stored than any other entity on this planet, and alot of that info is in the form of images. Now you can use that power to search for instances of your would be bride online.
All you need in order to utilize this investigative method is a photo of the woman that you suspect of being a scammer.
Step 1 – Go to: http:/images.google.com/
Step 2 – Click on the little camera image that is beside the search button (see below)
Step 3 – After clicking on the camera image a new option will appear giving you 2 choices; you can either upload a picture of the suspected scammer from your hard drive, or you can paste the URL of the photo into the search box.
We will choose the “Upload an image” option.
Step 4 – You will then be given the option to select the image from your hard drive that you want to investigate. (see below)
Step 5 – Choose the picture. Here’s the Image that I uploaded from my computer:
It may take up to a minute for the image to be uploaded to google, depending on the size of the file that you choose and your connection speed.
Step 6 – View the results!
You can see over to the right that this image brought up 67 pages of results, including several Facebook and Myspace profiles!
That’s pretty excessive. If a woman sent you this picture claiming it was hers, it is almost 100 percent guaranteed that she is not the actual women in the photo and that she IS a scammer.
I actually downloaded this picture off of a free stock photo site called www.sxc.hu. Using stock photos is a favorite trick of Internet dating scammers – so if you ever see results that look like this – Run for the Hills!
How To Do You Tell If You Are Being Scammed?
Now, you have some good information, but now for the hundred trillion-dollar question, “What does it mean?” This is the basic question that every general, hedge fund trader, and baseball manager has to answer.
Most of the time the results for Google Image Search will not be so cut and dry. Every once in a while, one of the photos will bring up results at one of the mail order bride watchdog sites. Then you will get a ton of information, but most of the time you will have to use your own judgment to interpret the results.
One thing you need to know is that often girls sign up with a local marriage agency in their hometown and then the agency signs them up for two, three, or even four dating agencies. This is especially true in Russia and Ukraine. So, just because a woman’s photo pops up on Anastasia and A Foreign Affair does not mean she is a scammer.
There are other complications. You should understand that, sometimes real scammers will steal the profile pictures of legitimate women who actually may be on some of the dating sites. That is why I recommend that if your perspective bride’s photo turns out to be a known scammer, you should also use some of the basic methods we discuss in this dating scam article before you write her off.
The best way to tell if a woman is scamming is to pay attention to the web sites you find the woman on.
If her profile is appearing on a lot of free or cheap dating sites be worried.
If her profile is also on Loveme.com write them and ask about the profile. You will get an answer within a day or two. Someone may have stolen her profile and put it on the other sites.
If she is on either Elena’s Models, BeHappy2Day, or Amolatina, AnastasiaDate, or AsianDate tell her you want to see her on video chat. At least then you will know you are communicating with a real woman.
Finally, you just have to decide what the situation is for yourself. The girls are usually from poor countries and they are going to push the envelope some if you let them. And to some extent the rise of all of the sugar daddy sites have really muddied the water too.
So, they get very mixed messages about the proper parameters. In the end you have to be at peace with your choice.
Disclaimer – Don’t let all this scare you, dating scams are not the norm, they are the exception, but in your search for your soulmate, if you ever get the feeling that something is not quite right – we want to give you as many tools as possible to uncover any nefarious behavior by the women on various dating sites.
As we’ve said before, most of the legit sites do a pretty good job of weeding out the con artists, but finding online dating scammer photos is a great tool to help you decide if you are being scammed.
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