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DigitalPirate   

Derek, 34 y.o.
Salt Lake City, United States [Current City & Hometown]

Speaks

Looking for

Friends
Language practice

Education

Some college

Occupation

Nerd

Relationship status

Single


Joined 1 year ago, profile updated 5 months ago.

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Reply - Conversation - Nov 17
Red flags if a potential scammer is messaging you:

°Only 1 picture and it's very high quality
-More pictures mean higher chances of you tracing the source of the photo.

°They quickly want to add you on another app (whatsapp, email, hangouts, etc.)
-These apps lack a report feature or reports are taken less seriously and interpals will unlikely ban someone based on logs you have from another app.

°They're in one country but from another
-This isn't impossible, but the number of half-naked caucasian women who all coincidentally are from America and visiting Ghana for business is highly unlikely. In many cases, scammers claim to be in military. It's true that members of military move a lot and live in other countries, but it is still a popular tactic used by many scammers.

°They're using a full name
-Using a first and last name is not unheard of, but we tend to keep full name private for security purposes. Some people are that open and honest, but if this is included with other red flags, it doesn't help. Also, watch out for people using 2 first names. It's not all that common to have a last name that is also a common first name.

°Wants to talk about crypto currency
-Crypto is a hot topic now and it's even hotter with scammers because transactions can happen without a trace and without any names or addresses involved.

°Nigeria, Ghana, China, Phillipines, Russia, United States
-Sorry if you're from one of those countries and you're a legitimate person. I'm from the U.S. myself. I've met nice, real, and great people from most of these countries, but the reality is many scammers use these countries as their home or current location.

°They use common key words
Single, widowed, god-fearing, serious relationship, love, soul mate, romance. These are all key words targetted at people who are feeling desperate for a connection.

°General safety
There's no reason for someone to ask for your full name, your email address, your home address, or to add you to another app. I've met people I've known for months and even years and knowing these things were never important. Don't give up any of this information to strangers.

Obviously if these red flags appear in your chats, they're not immediately a scammer, but be wary, be safe, don't give up personal information. Nobody has to know your personal information to chat with you. If you do give your social media or app info, keep in mind what you display there and what information they can get from just by simply looking at your profiles.

Lastly, keep your interpals photos different from your other social media photos. A picture can be traced to another site and by using the same picture here as you've used on Facebook, that Facebook page can be found with just your photo and that may expose information you didn't want to share.

Use your privacy settings. Stay safe. Report bad behavior and help keep interpals a safe and enjoyable place.
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