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Watch out for photos that are exceptionally small or have blurry corners where a watermark may have been removed.
Try a reverse image look-up online to see if a photo has been taken from a website or stock photography.
That said, this should be helpful to anyone as there are multiple reasons people put up fake photos, not just for scams.
Here I’m going to walk you through the process of using Google Images to find out if the person might be using a fake photo.
For “real” profile photos this very well may return no results as the photo may not be on the internet.
However, if they are using the photo of a model or someone else, often it will become very clear that they are lying.
Last year we learned over 200,000 people in the UK were victims of online dating fraud, and in the news this week around 1600 Australians lost more than (AUD) million through online dating sites in 2011.
Fake photos often point to fake profiles (or at least someone who’s lying about what they look like! Here I have a (fictional) profile where I’m a bit suspicious that I might be looking at someone using fake photos. Getting the Image Location from When logged into your account, open the suspicious profile and right-click the photo then: 2.
While my example is trivial as I’m using a super model that many would recognize on first glance, the steps are still helpful in less obvious situations. Search for the Image on Google Go to and click the Images link at the top.
The big draw card for online dating is the ability to find people who share the same ideas, interests and hangouts.
Real people will complete their profiles and include this information.