How to avoid a romance scammer like Tinder Swindler – here are 5 important tips

IF you watched Tinder Swindler on Netflix recently or heard about the heartbreaking scammer, you may have stopped online dating.

Luckily, there are some steps you can’t take to avoid the likes of ‘Simon Leviev’, who allegedly used Tinder to steal $10m (£7.4m).

You should always be cautious of people you just meet online


You should always be cautious of people you just meet onlineCredit: Rex

Money expert at Ocean Finance provided five tips on how to avoid being scammed by a romance scammer.

Don’t be pressured to send money

Ocean Finance explains: “As Simon pointed out, scammers are good at filming complicated but believable stories to convince you that sending them money is not only OK but a great idea. great.

“The same goes for their request to get money into your account. It’s a very special thing to ask for someone, no matter how well you know them, and can be a sign. It’s a sign that something devious is going on.”

Don’t share personal details too soon

When you’re talking to someone on a dating app, it can be easy to feel as if you’ve known the person for a lot longer than you have.

You wouldn’t give out personal information like bank details to a stranger on the street, so you should avoid giving out personal data to people you meet online.

Avoid giving away things like your date of birth and full home address.

One Tinder Swindler victim gave her mother her phone number and she ended up being harassed.

Take your time

Tinder Swindler asked women to travel with him after one meeting.

It’s safer to get to know someone at a slower pace so you can try and work out their problems.

“If they seem to fall in love with you the hard and fast way, this could be another sign that it is likely a scam,” says Ocean Finance.

“You could say they’ve ‘never felt like this before’, give you an early pet name, or discuss your married life and children, despite never having met in person. or meet only a few times.”

Reverse their image search image

Online romance scammers often use fake profile pictures to attract you.

It is recommended that you perform a reverse image search on Google to check the validity of the photo.

On Google Chrome, you can right-click on an image and select “Search images with Google Lens”.

This will show you that the image has appeared on the internet before.

Keep your chats on the dating site

Scammers can quickly try and encourage you to switch your conversation to an encrypted messaging service.

Many dating sites keep a record of the messages exchanged, which can help you prove you’ve been scammed.

Ocean Finance said: “Whether you suspect someone might be a scammer or not, keeping your chats in the dating site’s chat facilities is, at least initially, a good opinion.”

Shimon Hayut aka Simon Leviev or "Tinder Swindler" allegedly stole about 10 million dollars


Shimon Hayut aka Simon Leviev or “The Tinder Scammer” Allegedly Stolen About $10 MillionCredit: Simon Leviev / Facebook

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Caroline Bleakley

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