If you come across a profile that’s mostly empty (except for their name, age, and location), it’s a sign that the person rushed to get it up and might want to get to the messaging part quickly so he or she can con someone.We’re not all professional writers and editors, so a couple of grammar errors and spelling mistakes is nothing to freak out over.Last month we dove into the dark side of internet dating and looked at romance scams and why people keep falling for them.With the foundation in place, we want to move further and look at exactly what a moderator should be looking out for to catch romance scams so they can remove those fake profiles before they target your users.
But even more ridiculous was how many people fell for it, at least for a while. Here’s the deal, there is quirky and then there is nonsensical. Out of principle, if I’m on Tinder, I never swipe right if the guy only has one photo. Either he is too lazy (bad sign) or he can only find the one (worse sign). An incomplete dating profile should be approached with caution and suspicion and your killer instincts. Anything dramatically lower should indicate an impostor/scammer/robot, so keep an eye on those friends and followers. That sucks for real doctoral candidates looking for love, but so it goes. If someone’s profile has a picture of Edward Snowden, it’s probably a fake.Hunt now has many of the interactions on his T, Girls Who Date Computers, where he points to how impersonal online dating can be and what this means for our ability to connect authentically these days. Even the weirdest dudes can mostly follow a basic conversation. Just recently, a model sued because she claims her photo has been used in hundreds of fake accounts without her permission. I like when people put that in there so you can check them out and verify they are who they say they are. Overall, just keep your wits about you, even as you fall into the web of love.It wasn’t a very nice thing to do, but it did teach us a valuable lesson: never assume an online dating profile is for real. I’m not talking about drunk-text shenanigans, I’m talking an inability to follow proper flow in conversation and nonsensical replies. So if you are messaging with someone and it sounds like this, throw your computer out the window and run. So, yeah, this might be a real thing people do and we should all be more discerning, even in the presence of a striking photo. They send you invitations or links to check them out at a different site. This is often a sign that either they are musicians/artists/actors trying to get views on their personal pages or further their careers, or maybe even lure you to their pornographic sites. All of the rules you use in real life, use online and don’t let a handsome smile or sexy, but slightly incoherent banter soften your instincts.While these are some overwhelming statistics, there are steps you can take to ensure you or someone you know won’t be taken advantage of.We’ll show you how to tell if a dating profile is fake, whether you’re looking at the person’s photos, About Me section, or messages.This means that they share scripts and wording that have delivered successful results with their target group.