It’s that time of year when love is in the air, and the mad dash begins to find Mr. or Miss Right, just in time to be your Valentine. But not so fast. February is also prime hunting season for online dating scammers, poised to strike on hopeless romantics. In fact, research shows that on some online dating sites, as many as one in ten profiles are fake. So if you’re looking to connect with a cupid, and not a catfish, here are five safety tips:

  1. Don’t share your personal information, such as last name or phone number, until you’ve built a reasonable level of trust. In today’s virtual world, it’s far too easy for someone to conduct a quick search online and show up at your doorstep the next day.
  1. Run in the other direction if you’re asked for a loan. Unless your name is Bank of America or Wells Fargo, requests for an urgent wire transfer, help with hospital bills or financing for expired Visas are a big warning sign.
  1. Engage in “local” conversation and look for red flags. For example, if someone says they’re from Pasadena, California, and they’ve never heard of the Rose Bowl, that’s a big watch out. Also be on high alert for old fashioned language and poorly formed sentences.
  1. Beware of people who are overly forward or aggressive. Most catfishers move quickly, professing their love and sharing over-the-top compliments far too soon.
  1. Screen your date with bTru, a new mobile dating app, that lets you see who people really are before exchanging numbers or wasting time and money. You can communicate, run background checks, and see authentic pics with this one simple tool — and it’s free to download.