1. Number of Partners – every person has a sexual past that they won't always talk about, and some people even blatantly lie about their history. Whenever you intend to date someone you met online, don't be shy with the questions, and ask them what they were up to in their past. Do it as part of a conversation, and make the other person comfortable to a least tell you if they had unprotected sex with people they weren’t in a relationship with. If they won't tell you, use caution when you come in contact with them, and remember that not everyone will tell you the entire truth about their past, so you are responsible for your own safety.
2. Criminal Past – most people have done things in their past that they are not particularly proud of, and some even broke the law. Most people with a criminal past won't tell you about it right of the bat, so use precaution when talking to people online. Also know that there are those out there who are actively searching for someone to hurt, and often they do. To prevent that from happening to you, do your due diligence and run a background check on the person you are talking to. With websites like GoLookUp, you can find criminal records of any person, and decide whether it is a good idea to go ahead with the online interaction.
3. Money Scams – if there is any talk of money with the person you are conversing with online – be careful. There are online scammers that are masters of deception, and can make basically any person give them money. It doesn't matter if they tell you they are falling for you, if money is involved – end the conversation. Don't hand out any personal details about your finances, and don't agree to loan money to anyone you haven't met.
4. Identity Theft – identity theft can be performed every time you enter your personal details into the cyber space, which is exactly what you do on online dating sites. If a person you are talking to is asking more questions about your personal details than they do about your personality, pull the plug. Identity theft can leave you in deep trouble, and you should never disclose your personal details to someone you don't really know.
How can you tell?
So how can you tell of someone is trying to scam you? Especially if they're experts that do it in a subtle way? There are warning signs that you should know whenever you're talking to someone online in order to protect yourself from harm. The major tip off is when they pressure you to meet before you feel ready for it. Eagerness is welcome, but pressure never is, so be on the lookout for it.
The opposite is also true – if the other person keeps making up excuses to why you shouldn't meet, it's likely that they have something to hide. Also, if you haven't been talking for that long, and the person wants to start texting or e-mailing, hold off for a little longer. Dating websites have protection measures installed to protect users, which other communication means don't. Be sure to use your judgement and trust your instincts when you talk to anyone online, and you should be able to navigate your way through the singles while stating safe.