Video chatting with a person that you meet online is a common, normal practice in online dating.
In fact, all the couples I know who met online said that their first real conversations were over the phone or by video chat.
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.In fact, people lying on online dating sites has become so prevalent that a popular documentary film and television show coined a term for it--being "catfished." The good news is that you can protect yourself by learning how to spot a phony while dating online.I go in-depth on the topic in my book , but for now, let's take a look at seven indications that someone that you are talking with might be catfishing you and use them to help catch the catfisher. If a person won't video chat or carry on a telephonic conversation.If a person makes excuses every time that you want to Skype or talk via phone, this is a red flag.They might claim that they don't have time, or that their camera is broken, but keep in mind that every modern day smartphone, laptop and tablet has the ability to video chat.If you ask them repeatedly and keep getting excuses, be concerned.This person is hiding something that they don't want you to know. Do they have a realistic amount of digital puzzle pieces that, when followed, piece together a real person?I have been to four weddings of couples who met and fell in love using online dating sites. Unfortunately, like many other facets of online life, dating scams have increased dramatically.Whether are you communicating with someone who claims to be someone they're not, or are faced with a criminal who has intentions of scamming you out of your life savings--or worse, intends to physically harm you--you have to be careful.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.