My husband and I used the Internet to get to know each other when we first met.Those were the days before online dating, but because we lived 3,000 miles away from each other, we used the Internet to communicate and become closer.Do an easy Google Image search on a photo and see if it pops up on someone else's social media account or elsewhere online.
Glenn Whitter is a man who targeted victims on an online dating site with the sole intention of scamming them out of their money.
He was able to coerce many women into giving up their entire savings.
You can also find legal documents like bankruptcy filings, divorce records and sometimes marriage licenses. When people are communicating online, they will frequently send each other photos in real time.
Some cities and states even post traffic tickets online. During a conversation, ask to see a photo of the person right then.
Tuiasosopo even sent a photo of a beautiful girl who was purported to be Kekua.
Eventually, a photo search revealed that the photo had been lifted from the social media site of an unwitting 22 year old woman named Diane O'Meara.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.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.When using this medium, you can quickly feel as if you have gotten to know the person you are talking with and feel a very intimate level of trust, like I did with my husband.