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How to spot a fake / catfish / scammer?

We take the issue of scammers and fakes very seriously as it impacts on everyone's experience here on FET. These days fakes and scammers act in many weird and surprisingly different ways. But, with a few simple steps, it's easy to avoid being caught out.

### Be suspicious if someone asks you to move to another form of chat

If you receive a message from someone early on in a conversation asking you to move over to a 'Google Hangout' or 'Continue talking via Whatsapp or Kik etc.' it's usually a red flag as it's a subtle way of getting your email address or number.

### Try to keep your conversations on FET

When you've built enough trust with the other person, you decide when you're ready to give out your information. If the other person is genuine, they would understand. If they're being pushy, aggressive, or trying to rush you by saying there's an emergency, don't fall for it.

### Be suspicious if someone asks for personal details

Ask yourself, would you give your details to a stranger you met five minutes ago on the street? Online life is no different. If someone asks you for your personal information (bank, social security etc.) report it immediately.

### Report if someone offers or requests money

We don't allow anyone on FET to offer or request money. If offered or asked for money, please report the user. As above, if you’re suspicious in any way, report the person to our Support Team immediately.

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