When using this medium, you can quickly feel as if you have gotten to know the person you are talking with and feel a very intimate level of trust, like I did with my husband.
If you do basic research, such as conducting a search using a portal such as or looking through social media sites, and can't find anything about a person, that is a red flag.
Even most social media sites that allow strict privacy settings will at least show you the first page of a person's profile.
In fact, people lying on online dating sites has become so prevalent that a popular documentary film and television show coined a term for it--being "catfished."Video chatting with a person that you meet online is a common, normal practice in online dating.
In fact, all the couples I know who met online said that their first real conversations were over the phone or by video chat.
If a person makes excuses every time that you want to Skype or talk via phone, this is a red flag.