WINNIPEG — Police are warning people using online dating sites to be wary of potential catfishing incidents.
Catfishing is a term used to describe when someone is lured into an online relationship by using a fake profile.
“Some indications are that as many as one in ten profiles may be fake,” Winnipeg police said in a news release.
Users of these sites are warned to exercise caution and take safety measures when meeting people met online.
Safety tips provided by police:
- Do some research; thoroughly vet the sites you plan to use.
- Practice anti-fraud strategies; if it seems too good to be true, it likely is.
- Be cautious about sharing personal information early on.
- Be aware of personal risks. Initial meetings should be in a public place.
- Trust your instincts.
- Tell a friend or family member about whom and where you are meeting, including the person’s contact information.
- Set up a safety check-in with someone you trust for after your meeting.
- Scammers may use these sites to meet potential victims.
- Be wary of requests for money.
Additional safety tips can be found here.