Top tips to avoid being catfished
- Always keep communication on the dating app or website, where it can be moderated and you can easily block or report someone for suspicious behaviour.
- Use dating apps or sites which use anti-scammer software and offer identity verification.
- Double-check the information someone gives you on websites like LinkedIn, to check they are who they say they are.
- Use apps or websites which use GPS to ensure you are talking to someone who is nearby.
- Never provide personal information which could be used to steal your identity.
Top warning signs you're dating a catfisher
- They make excuses about why they can't meet in real life.
- Your gut tells you they are too good to be true.
- They don't have any internet footprint - no social media accounts, or accounts with very few friends or followers.
- They ask you for financial help before you have ever met them.
- You reverse image search their photos, and someone else's name or social media accounts come up.
Keti's top tips for dating again later in life
- "Never rush into a relationship, even though it can be really lonely to be on your own. It is quite lonely, quite often. I go to the theatre on my own and it would be nice to go to the movies or dinner or theatre and just have friendly conversation. But my advice is don't rush into anything. We are allowed to have some selection criteria and not settle. I'd rather be happy than settle, and if that means being happy on my own for a while, then so be it."
- "Know what you want. You'll be able to immediately sense if someone isn't right for you".
- "Find someone roughly your age who isn't afraid to own it. We're all afraid of ageing but it's something we should celebrate, because not everyone gets to live to their 50s."
- "Go with your gut."