How to spot scammers on dating sites
Furthermore a good chunk of the fraudster are part of a bigger scam organization.
More sophisticated scammers might pace their outreach, but looking through the message history should quickly reveal the difference between a real user and a fake profile.Scammers used to look to model stills or stock photos when creating their fake persona.You should still be wary of photos that look a bit too professional, but increasingly scammers will make use of stolen photos of real people.But to dig deeper you need to look at the message content.By reading and tracking private messages sent by scammers on online dating sites, you will see two primary recurring patterns.It is almost as if some of their mail is sent automatically, like you are on their list and this is the next standard email that is sent out. When you indicate that you’ll be in their area and would like to get together, they can’t meet you. The pictures posted may or may not be the actual person.
This is a great test; ask to meet them soon after the introduction. Most people who earn a decent living wish to be wanted for who they are, not for their income. Ask the person to send you a picture of themselves via the mail. Notice the background in the pictures posted online. Does it show a big house, a new boat, or something else that yells wealth?
On sites where communication between members is a premium feature it should be noted that non-paying members who are not scammers might attempt the same to avoid fees, but it is still a scam marker that shouldn’t be ignored and the profile should at least be further investigated to make sure it’s genuine.
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While it’s bad news that optimized messaging used for scamming is spread, it’s good news for those of us trying to spot the romance scam profiles as we can search for known patterns in the language used.
Here are some examples of language and wordings often used by romance scammers on online dating sites: Language is a great way to do a cursory check for scammers on your site.
If there are continual excuses, then you know the person doesn’t really live where they say they do, and/or they are not truly interested in you. Yet, scammers will often indicate that they make more than $150,000 a year. Shortly after the introduction, the person asks about your financials as they wish to know what kind of person they are dealing with. They would rather write and they don’t usually answer the questions that you ask. Again, people who have real wealth do not advertise it.