Whitter has since disappeared and has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
The Whitter case illustrates the issue: When you are dating online, you have to be aware that the person that you are communicating with might not be who they say they are.
If they refuse, or make some excuse, that is a red flag.
If they have only sent you one or two photos, it is likely that they took that photo from someone else's social media page or from somewhere else on the Internet.
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.
Almost everyone in the United States has some sort of Internet presence that when pieced together creates a real identity.