What to Do When You’ve Spotted a Fake Account

What to Do When You’ve Spotted a Fake Account

Just leave the conversation, report them to Tinder, and move on

  • Google Image Search: It is shockingly easy to find photos of people online, especially when libraries of content are uploaded to social media each day. A fake account can be loaded with pictures of a single person while still remaining fake. If you’re concerned the person isn’t who they say they are, save one or more of their photos to your device and search for the image on Google Reverse Image Search. While you may find nothing, there’s also a chance you’ll come across a whole album of photos of the person that have been stolen online to create a faux-persona. Definitely bail on the account you’ve been matched with, and consider reporting the user.

Fake accounts are, without a doubt, harder to spot than their bot-brethren, but with a bit of patience and attention, you should be able to keep a close eye on your account and who you’re matched with, capable of looking at a name and photos and being able to discern whether or not the account is fake. As always, err on the side of caution with this: it’s better to miss out on a romantic match with someone who seems fake than to fall into the trap of chatting and giving up personal information with somebody malicious.

When you’ve spotted a fake account, or come across a bot, you may be considering what to do. While it might not be clear, the first, primary step is also the most obvious one: you should report and unmatch the account so that they can’t talk to you anymore. You don’t have to have matched an account to report them, though you can also report accounts you have been matched with as well. To report a potential bot or fraud account, go to their profile. Tap on the menu icon on your display (it will appear as an ellipse, a horizontal triple-dotted icon) and select Report. You’ll quickly be asked to fill out why you’re reporting the user, but overall, the process only lasts a few moments and is relatively easy to finish.

It may be very tempting to unleash all of your dating frustration on a basically anonymous source but it is not worth it

Note that if you plan to report AND unmatch, you need to report first – if you just unmatch, you won’t have any way of accessing the other account in order to report it.

The same goes for unmatching users. If you’re unsure whether the user contacting you is committing account fraud, you can still unmatch (and report) the user. Just as discussed above with the reporting method, tapping on the triple-dotted menu icon will load the option to unmatch an account. You aren’t necessarily limited to only unmatching or only reporting, so if you feel you’re in a situation that you need to do both, go right ahead. However, you should be careful when reporting. If you report too many accounts that aren’t actually bots or false users, you may find your ability to report users limited by Tinder. Blocking can be done as much as you feel comfortable doing.

One tip: if you are talking with a fake account, don’t get into an argument with them about them being fake. Some of the smers out there, confronted by an accusation of being fake, will immediately report YOUR account as being fake. Since they have dozens or hundreds of accounts, none of which they really care about, while you have only one account which you DO care about, playing “chicken” like this is not a good strategy for you.

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