Trust is extremely important in relationships. However, many people are simply not trustworthy! So, how are you supposed to filter through all the potential courters on online dating sites and find a romantic interest that is worthy of your trust?

Well, to be honest, there isn’t a straightforward way that is 100 percent accurate in discerning if someone is a liar, scammer, or just an outright piece of trash. However, there are a few signs that many people display online, that clearly illustrate whether or not they are a lying and conniving person. Want to know how to tell if someone is lying online? Let’s take a look at some of the most obvious signs of online liars and romantic scam artists!

How to Tell if Someone Is Lying Online

1) Take a look at their photos, especially their profile picture

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to online dating. While you can figure out a lot from a person’s online pictures, the most telltale signs that they are a deceitful person are usually going to be found in their main profile picture.

This is because most liars on dating websites immediately start off on the wrong foot, and upload a fishy picture of themselves to post front and center to start their elaborate manipulation schemes.

Here are some of the main signs to look for in a profile picture to weed out any possible pretenders.

  • Their profile picture is blurry and out of focus
  • Their profile picture seems really old
  • The setting of their photo doesn’t seem to add up to their bio or any conversation you may have already had
  • They have only one photo of themselves on their profile
  • Their profile picture is taken from a distance, making it nearly impossible to see them clearly.

In essence, any time that you cannot make out your online dating match clearly in their photos, you cannot trust them. Everyone online is trying to make themselves look as good as possible. That also means that if a liar doesn’t actually feel as if they look good enough, they are likely to try to manipulate their image (literally). Make sure you keep an eye out for these tricks.

Here is another pro tip: try to locate their fishy pictures through Google’s image search to see if their photos have been downloaded from the internet and aren’t even of them.

2) Their stories are exaggerated to make them way too good

Most people have a tendency to put their best foot forward when it comes to attracting a potential date. So, it makes sense that hyperbole is often used to make them look more attractive, especially in early conversations.

People who aren’t liars don’t spin completely false tales to try to ensnare their date in a web of lies. However, this is very common for habitual online manipulators. As a matter of fact, some people make up completely fake identities to live out their darkest fantasies or to even scam/hurt others. Be wary of anyone who tries to make themselves look TOO good during online encounters.

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3) They have a tendency to leave questions unanswered and/or sometimes use distant language

Beware if your potential online mate keeps clamming up when speaking about personal or sensitive topics. This is a telltale sign that they are faking the funk.

If you notice that they stop talking or change the topic any time that the conversation turns to something more personal or intimate, drop this person immediately. They are showing you a clear sign that they are uncomfortable revealing who they really are. If they would rather not respond and leave you hanging during intimate moments online, they are almost certainly even worse in real life.

4) Pay close attention to their biography and profile information

Weaving a complicated web of lies takes a lot of effort and time. This is why most people leave accidental clues when they are being deceitful. Many of us have a tendency to skip right over a potential date’s bio or “About” section. It’s not in your best interest to do that; a person’s profile information can be the perfect source for you to determine whether or not they are being an online fake.

As you start to converse with your potential man/woman, pay close attention to what they are saying about themselves. When you start to feel as if they are trying to spin a web of lies, start comparing the suspect things that they have said with the information that they have already put in their profile.

Most liars have a tendency to be sloppy and lie to multiple people online, at the same time. Both of these factors lead to a higher chance that they won’t be able to keep track of all of their lies and will leave some contradicting information in their bio.

Here are a few specific things to keep an eye out for:

  • They will not schedule a meet with you face-to-face
  • Their hobbies and interests don’t seem to add up to their profile
  • Ask for clarification on information they revealed in an earlier conversation, and see if they contradict themselves now
  • Ask questions about information that they reveal in their bio without letting them know that you already know what they have previously posted.

Most people you meet online, who are genuine, will want to meet you in person within a few conversations. If they seem to be avoiding a face-to-face meeting, do not trust this person. Why would you be in a dating service if you aren’t actually trying to meet people?

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