Heights tend to get stretched, incomes tend to swell, and personalities are shown in the best possible light. They won’t tell you that they’ve moved every six months for the past decade.If you surveyed photos on dating profiles, you’d think that every single online dater spends all their time either traveling the world, scuba diving, or eating at fancy restaurants. No one is going to put “My hobbies include interrupting movies by asking questions about the plot” on their profile. And they won’t reveal that they’ve served time for assault.Ask to have a live video talk using Skype or Facetime.Most of today’s smartphones, tablets and laptops come equipped with a built-in camera and/or video.Want to know what people looking for love lie about most?
A new you within reach — Visit AARP Life Reimagined » As crazy as it sounds, I felt like he was cheating on me with his own wife. The next guy I went out with lied about his politics to get a date with me. The online profile of my most recent prevaricator indicated he was 60, but I vetted him and found he was actually 70.He also turned out to be a gentleman, and we had a nice evening.I didn’t tell him that I knew about his deception because that might be kind of judgmental at a time when lying seems to be uncontrollable. Tonight’s date tells me he owns a 44-foot sailboat.It’s easy for some of the smartest people to lose all sight of common sense when they’re being reeled in by a catfish: an online imposter who tries to win your sympathy — and your love — by creating an elaborate scheme.Award-winning technology reporter Kurt Knutsson, known around the country as Kurt the Cyber Guy, shares his top ten reality checks to see if you’re being baited by a catfish.Someone reluctant to speak on live video, claiming shyness or that they can’t find a camera, should be a red flag.2.