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How To Tell if a Badoo Profile is Fake

Posted by Jamie on July 11, 2019

Do you use Badoo? Want to know the signs a Badoo profile is fake? Want to be able to spot the fakes or catfishers? This article is going to outline some ways to tell if a Badoo profile is fake. It’s not an exact science but by the end of this piece, you will have a much better idea of what to look for and what to avoid while online dating.

Badoo is a Tinder alternative that has been around since 2012. It’s target market is late teens and early twenties and has almost half a billion active users according to its stats.

As if online dating wasn’t difficult enough, you have to contend with fake profiles on every platform. Some are obvious fakes that a child could detect but some are a lot more sophisticated in their approach. This article seeks to shed some light on what to look for and give you tips that will help you tell if a Badoo profile is fake.

Detecting fake profiles on Badoo

There are some basic ways to tell if any dating profile is fake. While one or two alone isn’t proof, they should put you on your guard enough to be wary when talking to the person. What you do from there is up to you.

Signs of a fake dating profile include:

Unverified account

Because of the free nature of Badoo, the company knows the barrier to entry is very low and fakes will be prolific. That’s why they introduced verification. To help weed out the fakes and make the app a much better place to hang out. While verification isn’t mandatory, it’s free, very easy to do and will set dater’s minds at ease. Any account that isn’t verified needs to be viewed with suspicion.

One step of the verification is a verifying a phone number and the other is verifying an image. Both take just a minute and any account that isn’t verified could be sketchy.

Non-face profile images

We get that some people are shy and some don’t want the world to know they are online dating but a full face shot is mandatory for dating. Any profile without one as its main image or at least containing one within the profile has to be viewed as a potential fake. Everyone knows you need a headshot in a dating profile. Any profile without one should be viewed with suspicion.

New or empty social media accounts

Badoo links your social media accounts to your profile to help build a picture of who you are and spread the word. Social media accounts are easy to set up and fake so you need to look a little further than the profile. Check out their Facebook, Insta, Twitter or whatever account they have linked.

If it is many year’s old with regular posts, you should be fine. If it’s a newer account with few posts or a bunch of posts published in a short period, it might have been created purely for Badoo. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as I think it’s good to keep dating away from social media but it should be cause for further investigation.

Too good to be true

If you’re contacted by a profile from someone who looks too beautiful to want someone like you, whose profile reads too good to be true or offers too much too soon, be wary. Some daters on Badoo are just there to hook up and that’s fine but if something looks too good to be true, it usually is.

Be honest with yourself about the level of attraction you’re capable of and ask yourself if the profile contacting you matches that. If they exceed it, be careful. If they don’t but otherwise looks too good to be true, still be careful.

Money’s too tight to mention

If money ever comes into a conversation out of context, be wary. If you’re discussing shopping, jobs or something where money is in context, you’re probably fine but if the other person every brings up money or needing cash out of the blue, be afraid. Most people know money is not a topic for conversation until much later in a relationship unless it’s discussing splitting the bill or whose round it is at the bar.

Regionalization

The world is now a very diverse place with people from all over making their home anywhere they like. I think it’s a better world for this but it does throw up a challenge. I used to be wary of poor English, poor grammar and word use in dating but with so many daters having English as their second language it is now much more difficult.

However, if someone says they are from Baltimore and doesn’t know why Fort McHenry is so famous or why the book depository in Dallas is so notorious, be alert. Even the newest citizen to our shores should know things like that.

Spotting fake profiles in Badoo or any online dating site isn’t a science but more a process. If something piques your suspicion, don’t say anything to begin with but be careful what you share. Build a picture and gather evidence and then make an informed decision about what to do.

Do you have any tips for spotting fake dating profiles? Had any obvious fakers contact you on Badoo? Tell us about it below!

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