Spotting fake dating profiles
If you do basic research, such as conducting a search using a portal such as or looking through social media sites, and can't find anything about a person, that is a red flag.
Even most social media sites that allow strict privacy settings will at least show you the first page of a person's profile.
Whitter has since disappeared and has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
The Whitter case illustrates the issue: When you are dating online, you have to be aware that the person that you are communicating with might not be who they say they are.
Whatever their interests were, Whitter made sure to make them his also.We don't know the substance of the online communication between Te'o and "Kekua," but most likely she was not able to send real time, on demand photos because they didn't exist. Do they have regular banter with other people on their sites and appear to have "real" friends and work colleagues?You can get to know who a person's close friends are based on the banter they engage in with others on social media.Video chatting with a person that you meet online is a common, normal practice in online dating.In fact, all the couples I know who met online said that their first real conversations were over the phone or by video chat.