How can you know if someone online really is who they say they are?

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Nice Girl Profile
Nice Girl answered

Actually there's no way to know if people online are lying of not,  you just gotta chose yourself the right path. I mean chose the right person to talk or trust and not just blindly trust anyone !  That way you may not get cheated ! I don't lie to people about me online and if once I did I tell them my true identity 

Honestly I don't lie about myself, it's just a pic of mine I  prefer not to show anyone becoz not if they don't like it because if they don't misuse it or photoshop it , so I like taking precautions !

Lard Ass Profile
Lard Ass answered

Well, that's a scary thing for sure, hard to trust someone you can't see or verbally talk to! Myself, I trust in myself mostly as if I get a good feeling from them, great! If not, I tend to shy away. Of course it helps to have an over-protective younger sister! But really, you can find out many things about people these days online, that is of course if they are telling you the truth about who they are!

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Nice Girl
Nice Girl commented
Yes that's right we can find out about people many things these days , but yeah you gotta be careful for if they r lying or telling the truth! That's why I don't like talking to many people online or give my Info becoz now a days its not a safe thing to do!
Lard Ass
Lard Ass commented
I agree!
Nice Girl
Nice Girl commented
Thanks!
Elizabeth MacConnachie Profile

If you watch Catfish....you can get some great tips (as they dig deeper to all the lairs on the internet).  They only thing the people dont see online of me is a selfie.  And I tend not to be to public with my person stuff either.  

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Phil Newton answered

It's difficult to know if the person you're talking to online is really who they say they are.  The only way to be completely sure is if you know the person in question outside of the internet (in real life).

Having said that, there are a few signs to look out for that could mean the person you're talking to isn't really who they say they are, or have questionable motives for speaking to you.

Strange introductions

You should always think twice about speaking to strangers on the internet.  In particular, those who simply contact you saying "Hi" are ones to look out for. 

It may not always be the case, but some people introduce themselves to people on the internet in order to engage in a conversation that will ultimately lead to a scam of some sort.  If someone introduces themselves for no apparent reason, be aware of this fact.

Profile

This method is only appropriate to social media websites, but can be useful in distinguishing whether or not the person you're talking to is who they say they are.

If they're speaking to you from a social media platform, you can look at their profile to see their other online activity and past history.  For example, if their Facebook profile has been active for a long time, and is full of interactions with family members and friends, it's more likely that they're who they say they are than someone with a blank profile.

Check their email address

You can try to verify someones identity if you have their email address.

For example, if they've started chatting with you, and you want to know if the email address they're using is associated with any social profiles, then you can run it through a website called Full Contact (https://www.fullcontact.com/) and it will highlight any Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts created using that email address.

Other than that, there aren't really any ways to tell if the person you're talking to online is the person they say they are. My advice is to stay vigilant online at all times. 

Unfortunately, there are plenty of people out there wanting to take advantage of people over the internet.  Never send money to people or give out personal information.

Raul Stewart Profile
Raul Stewart answered

Most people aren't who they are in their real life... There is absolute no way of knowing.. Even if they keep updating their pics and status there is still a chance of it being fake.. Internet is a very dangerous place.. Maintain your distance from people you don't know that well.. Bottom line is its almost impossible to determine who is on the other end of the profile..
Hope I helped Izzy..

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