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Posted on Sun, Sep 04, 2011 15:44

I will start first by saying that the MMCounselors on this site are doing a great job in trying to clean all the fake profiles. But with the ammount of people that subscribe daily I think is closer to impossible for them to spot all the fakes. So, I am hoping that more people on this site will read my post and ..... let's all of us do our part in cleaning this site of fakes/scammers/money diggers.

 

 

 

Read The Profiles Very Careful

 

Most people that create a fake profile don't have time to fill too many sections, their descriptions are very short and they have problems with even the basic English. For them is a number game. This is not the only site they will try to post a profile, they need to worry about a lot of profiles all over the place, especially if someone flags them and their account gets deleted. They will need to create a whole new account and hope that they will not get flagged again. If a profile has a lot of "Ask Me" and /or says very little - there is quite a good chance that that profile is fake.

 

 

 

Some fakers got even better. Knowing that a short description may flag them they started copying and pasting bits and pieces from other profiles. So, read the full description, if it seems that doesn't make sense then doesn't matter how long the description is - it is just another fake profile. Flag them and ask the MMCounselors to take a look at the profile.

 

 

 

There is another tool that is out there to help you in spotting a fake profile. If a profile has only one or two photos and they look super great it is possible that they are just photos copied from the Internet. There is a tool called TinEye. It is verifying if a photo you submitted is shown anywhere else on the Internet. So just right click of the photo you suspect as being a fake, save it on your hard drive and submit it for a check. That is how I flagged a profile of a person - when his photo proved to be of a real estate person - totally different what he was saying he is.

 

The Profile Looks Right But The First Few Message Exchanges Look Awful

 

 

 

A scammer may have copied a great profile from somewhere else. So may be hard to know that you are talking with a fake. You send him/her a message and they start responding. If their responses are very short and their English is totally different that the one in the profile - then you better contact again an MMCounselor and ask them to do a check.

 

 

 

But I met scammers that are even worst than that. They write in a very good English. But in the first message exchange their story is changing totally. In one message they may tell you that their wife/husband died of cancer and few messages later they will tell you that their other half left them and they have a totally broken heart. Or the profile is mentioning that he has a child and a while later he/she may tell you that they have no kids or they have more than one kid. And the examples can go on and on. Be alert and if you feel there are lies, just flag them and close the discussion with those kind of individuals.

 

I wish everyone good luck in finding that special one we are looking for. Until then let's try to make all the dating experience as easy and great as we can. And let's help in making this site a great site to meet other wonderful singles.

 

 

 

There was a very good question from one other member of this site - Sistercounselor - asking about talking on the phone or chatting off MM right away. I am adding the answer I gave her to this blog as I think is something that will help a lot of us:

 

 

 



"Talking on the phone right away can have a good side, but can be bad in the same time. Hearing a person voice on the phone, can help you discover if he/she is really an English speaking person or not. If he/she is from an English speaking country but he/she can't put two correct sentences together - you have your answer about a fake. But I will advice using a cell phone and not your own home phone. US, Canada, UK have reverse phone search engines and using such an engine a person can find out your address. Cell phones are not listed on these engines and any mobile company can help you change your phone number for a small fee. Same stays for chatting off MM. If your chat program gets away your real name and address then use one that you can hide such things. Your well being and safety are much more important than anything else. And if he/she are pushing you in giving up any personal information, do exactly what this site is asking for identification, ask them to scan a photo ID for you and white out things like the ID number if they are not feeling totally comfortable to send you that. A real person will understand your need for safety, if they don't - how you can trust them in the future if in the start of your relationship together they are not willing to help in building a good relationship.

 

Very good question Sistercouselor. I will try to add this answer to the original blog."

 

 

I will also advice to stay on the MM site as long as you need until you feel comfortable to use an email or chat or phone. Always keep your safety in your mind.


Sept. 25, 2011. Found another very interesting information on another blog. There is a site romancescam and if you put a dot com in the end you have the full site address. They have a huge database of scammers with photos and email addresses they use. As well as other useful information.

As I will come across more such useful information I will keep updating this blog.

Jan. 14, 2012. One more place for you with information about scams and scammers. romancescambaiter and put a dot com. If you follow the links you can even see some scammers caught on camera.

And one more thing I just came accross. Nigerian scammers are getting better and better. They start having fake (photoshop changed



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Posted on Sun, Sep 25, 2011 22:33

Quoting Voyager54:

Sorry CG, as the resident newbie, I seem to be following you around like a lost puppy. However, I am looking at several of these blog/forum postings and other than the fact that many people here have too much time on their hands, like I do today, it just seems that many of the women here have this utter hatred for men, whom they perceive to be scammers, cheaters, charlatans,snake oil salesmen and so forth. Why, would anyone even bother to join a site like this if they automatically have to think that doing a CSI on every person crossing their path is warranted? It's akin to the behavior of a 9 year old..."I'm going to tell my mother on you"..."I'm telling the principle on you"...it's all so boorish and sophomoric.


Check my new update from Sept. 25 and you will get your answers. And you will see a lot of scammers are women too. So men better do their "CSI"!

No woman on this site has any "utter hatred for men". If you read careful the blog you will see that is addressed to both men and women alike. I have no clue from where you got such an impression in this blog.

Better be safe than be sorry when is too late.



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Posted on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 20:12

Maria1111, yes, there are scammers on this site, too. See MMCounselor blog list. What they want? Some reasons are hard to guess. But one of them is very easy to understand if you remember that this is a dating site for successful people - they may try to scam people in giving them money.



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Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 23:26

So there are scammers on this site, forgive my newness, but what is it they want?


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Posted on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 10:21

Thank you for your input Conyersguy. I like to hear other people opinions about these subject. This is the other reason I wrote this blog, so we can share and learn from our experiences.



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Posted on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 09:49

Very useful!  I think most of us know all this, but it's always good to be re-reminded of how to be safe--you can't overstress it here or on any other site!  It's too bad that we have to do this (why can't everyone be honest?), but that is how it goes!!



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Posted on Fri, Sep 09, 2011 19:48

Talking on the phone right away can have a good side, but can be bad in the same time. Hearing a person voice on the phone, can help you discover if he/she is really an English speaking person or not. If he/she is from an English speaking country but he/she can't put two correct sentences together - you have your answer about a fake. But I will advice using a cell phone and not your own home phone. US, Canada, UK have reverse phone search engines and using such an engine a person can find out your address. Cell phones are not listed on these engines and any mobile company can help you change your phone number for a small fee. Same stays for chatting off MM. If your chat program gets away your real name and address then use one that you can hide such things. Your well being and safety are much more important than anything else. And if he/she are pushing you in giving up any personal information, do exactly what this site is asking for identification, ask them to scan a photo ID for you and white out things like the ID number if they are not feeling totally comfortable to send you that. A real person will understand your need for safety, if they don't - how you can trust them in the future if in the start of your relationship together they are not willing to help in building a good relationship.

Very good question Sistercouselor. I will try to add this answer to the original blog.



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Posted on Fri, Sep 09, 2011 06:57

Thank you Alana! This helps!!! What if they want to talk on the phone right away? or chat off the MM site?  Can you trust that or am I being overly cautious?



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Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2011 03:22

Thanks Evelyn7. That is exactly the reason I wrote it.


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Posted on Wed, Sep 07, 2011 10:01

Good Morning alana55? This is Evelyn7 and I do appreciate that knowledge from you? Thanks!.


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