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Run a search: Copy the images your online correspondent has posted to his or her profile, then run them through a reverse-image search engine, such as Tin Eye or Google Images.

If they come up associated to a person with another name or who lives in a different city, you have good reason to suspect they were stolen from someone else’s profile.

“Not a day goes by when someone doesn’t tell me that they saw my pictures posted on or another website,” Yuliana Avalos, a part-time model who is the lead plaintiff in the suit, said in a statement.

“Virtually all of this criminal activity can be eliminated with the introduction of free software to the defendants’ website,” said New York attorney Evan Spencer, who filed the suit.

Choose a friend or someone from your church or community who is less emotionally invested than you are. And remember: If the request for funds is indeed a scam, it may be difficult if not impossible to ever recover the money.

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“There was one woman who got scammed for over a million dollars, her whole retirement nest egg,” says Farquhar. Experts say online daters are always wise to be skeptical regarding what someone they've met online, and not in the flesh, tells them.

Most dating websites—even ones that cost money—don't vet the people who sign up.

“All IAC has to do is screen international IP addresses from posting domestic profiles in the United States, and the vast majority of fake profiles would be eliminated.” The suit also alleges that Match doesn’t use facial recognition technology, which Spencer used in his investigation, to spot phony profiles and doesn’t police existing profiles to root out scammers.

Nearly 200 photos of Avalos, many of her clad in a bikini posing on the beach, were found in Match profiles, according to Spencer.