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.
Friends who typically just occasionally "like" a person's posts but do not have frequent, regular banter with them are most likely just acquaintances.
But friends who appear in photos or tag people regularly are probably closer friends.
He was very sophisticated in his deception and specifically targeted his victims based on the information that they chose to self-disclose on social media.
Whatever their interests were, Whitter made sure to make them his also.
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.
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.
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?
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?