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Woman on dating site looks too good to be true: How to vet that pic

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| Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:00 p.m

Question: I have started online dating. Now, I’m just a typical guy with a good job but a smoking hot lawyer is interested in me. We’ve never chatted or met. Before this goes any further, is there any way that I can see if this picture of her is legitimate? I don’t want to get scammed.

Answer: Unfortunately, this happens a lot on the dating sites. People set up profiles using pictures that they find online. It is possible to see if a photo appears elsewhere on the Internet. Do a Google Reverse Image Search. First, go to her profile and download her profile picture. Then, upload the photo and Google will tell you where else the same photo is online. It’s pretty slick!

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E-mail Kim Komando at techcomments@usatoday.com.

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