Alex S
Request from native English speaker to practice your language not real
Does it happen to you to receive a request from native English speaker to practice English on Skype, but when you gave your account that person doesn't answer on Skype and on Italky and disappears?
It happens to me twice.

I recently read that there are scammers using language platform to steale dates. I don't know about Italky, it could be possible.

In my experience English native speaker from UK or Ireland don't accept to practice language, so to have 2 request in few time it's so strange. I saw their profile in Italky and they look like real people with the same photos on Skype.

Does it happened to you too?

Jun 3, 2020 3:03 PM
Comments · 10
Unfortunately, there are plenty of scammers here.
They often pose as American soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq or UN doctors. They often have very generic English names, but write in an awkward manner. This problem has been discussed repeatedly in the forum:

The best is to not give out your contact details unless you’re sure that the person is trustworthy. If you suspect that the user is a scammer: block and report.
June 3, 2020
It happens on every kind of social media platform. Usually the accounts disappear because somebody reported them to Italki for being scams. Sometimes if it is a language platform they focus on people who don't speak English well so you won't recognize that they aren't native speakers. Sometimes it can be frustrating, but it is worth it to find a native partner.
June 3, 2020
I never get a request from anybody😅
June 3, 2020
Yep. That's such a waste of time, and it's nearly impossible for me to find serious people who doesn't want to marry you after a short conversation. That's a platform to learn languages.😧
June 4, 2020
To steale dates? I dont understand

Im here since 2018 and i talked to many people since.

From my experience they always "disappear" - they are no longer active.

Also i sometimes text them, what they do is they read my messages and dont reply.
I dont know why but it is what it is , average people are like that
June 3, 2020
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Alex S
Language Skills
English, French, Italian
Learning Language