As humans, we're generally good at reading body language to tell if someone is lying. Is he fidgeting with his hands? Will she look you in the eye? These are great clues about whether or not someone is trying to deceive you.
But, how do you do spot lies in an email? There are no eyes to watch or personal ticks to look out for.
Just as an aside, this lack of context hurts every email. Studies show that most people only get the correct tone of an email half the time - even though 78 percent of email writers think their tone is clear. That's why email isn't great for sensitive and easily misunderstood topics like figuring out relationship problems.
But back to lying, there are plenty of times people are going to try to lie to you. It might be to trick you into downloading a malicious file or sending them money.
Some of these tips can even be used if you are dating online to help you decide if the person you are interested in is being truthful about themselves.
I've found three trends in emailing to help you separate fact from fiction. This "online body language" gives you some things to look for next time you suspect the person on the other end of the email is lying.