These days, a steam encounter is literally one app or website away! Thanks to modern technology, you don’t have to a bar to find a willing partner for one night of fun anymore. You can easily swipe left on a hottie that’s willing to meet up for a steamy night of fun or chat with an online friend at a specialty hookup website. But while this sounds fun and extremely satisfying (in more ways than one), it’s not with out its potential dangers.
If you’ve been a member of the online dating community for a while now, you already know how easy it is to get scammed from fake profiles or individuals using inaccurate pictures and the like. These scammers take advantage of your desire for a quick hookup and have bad alternative motives the minute they first contact to you to try and connect.
Because scammers are abundant online these days, it’s imperative that you stay safe so that you can enjoy your steamy hookups and continue to have a great experience when utilizing these hookup sites and apps. You’ll need to be able to identify what a scam looks like so that you can avoid one if you see any red flags when talking to someone you meet online. Here are a few warning signs to be on the lookout for so that you can maximize your pleasure and experience when looking for friends with benefits or casual hookups online.
They’re too attractive to be on an online hookup site.
The first red flag you should be aware of is the fact that they are insanely hot. It’s quite rare for a super attractive person to be on a casual hookup site. Sure, you’ll find some attractive people on them, but the chances are, it’s a fake profile. If you’re still willing to communicate with them because you can’t get over how hot they look, make sure they don’t want you to send them money first. Nine chances out of 10, the gorgeous person will want you to send them “gifts” before meeting up with you. If you get a message back like this, then it’s for sure a scammer trying to get money from you before they delete the account and try to do it all over again to the next person.
The profile information sounds fake.
When it comes to online dating, your profile is the first thing people read and see, so it’s normal to want to have an amazing one. But sometimes, these scammers go over board and their entire profile is obviously fake. There’s no way they could have been hanging around celebrities as they said they do in their pictures or be a millionaire as their profiles text claims. Be careful with profiles that claim they have money to offer partners and the like. If the account seems too good to be true then it obviously might be!
Ask to meet up with you before you’ve ever communicated with them.
Be weary of profiles that immediately ask to meet up with them even before you’ve had a chance to talk for a bit. Many scammers are direct and straight to the point, ready to pounce on people looking for a quick hookup. If you get a message from someone that has a phone number or other form of information and doesn’t want to chat first, it may be someone looking to scam you (or worse) once you finally meet up with them in person.
Bad English and grammar.
No one is perfect when it comes to language and grammar, but if you see that a profile has horrible English and it’s broken, then it could be a huge warning sign that might be trying to scam you. Native speakers don’t speak broken English at all, so be sure to avoid these accounts at all costs.
They claim to be traveling internationally.
If you get a message from an account saying that they are traveling internationally and want to visit you, they might be totally fake. These accounts are trying to hide that they’re actually scammers and think that you’re more likely to engage with them if you think they are traveling internationally. Only agree to meet up with people that you can verify before, such as via a video chat.
As always, never provide any private contact information on your profile to avoid scammers from targeting you! And be safe when meeting up for steamy, one-night hookups!