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Be aware that if you comment on a public page - a business page or celebrity profile, for instance, - then, at a minimum, your profile picture and cover photo will be accessible.

As a result, critics have said there is little incentive for the technology companies to target fraudsters who are illegally using the identities of its users, because their profits are unaffected.

“Both Tinder and Facebook have said that I need to give provide the account information for the fraudulent profiles, but as Tinder only shows the first name and age on each profile, its basically impossible,” she says.

So - as fake profiles on Tinder can be difficult to identify and the tech companies appear unwilling to help - is there anyway to ensure that your social media photos don’t fall into the hands of scammers?

But the scammers often use bots (software that can answer questions with automated responses) to steal your information (known as phishing), send you to external sites to get you to sign up for services - or initiate contact with people looking for a date.

Lana quickly learnt that, when it comes to identity theft on social networks and dating applications, consumer protection is far more lax than that for lost or stolen credit cards.

What can you do to protect yourself from fraudsters looking to steal your online identity?

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