Former CIA Officer Jason Hanson returns with a four-step process you can use when you want to make sure someone really is who they say they are online. These days, you can never be sure that someone is telling you the truth when you’re speaking with them online. With these steps, you can protect yourself from scammers and criminals out to harm you.
- Pick up the phone as soon as possible, don’t just text or email
- Give them misinformation about their profile to test if they correct you
- Jokingly ask about something really bad and check if they hesitate or confess to something crazy
- Always meet in public places, never pick them up or let them pick you up until you trust them
Use these tips to stay safe, and avoid being taken advantage of.