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How To Spot Fake Profiles

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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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There are so many scammers on this site it is ridiculous. I would never pay for this site. I actually have met a few women in person within a week of conversing on site.
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September 7 Total posts: 2
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Yes, I've come across scammers who:

1) Claimed they are soon-to-retire high ranking military officers, yet has to go on field work?

2) who becomes indignant when you ask them to be photo verified.

3) if they are earning so much money, how could they not afford a few month's subscription? Would you want to be interested in anyone who's that stingy? esp if they come here to seek their soulmate?

4) sometimes during conversation, they can't remember your Qs and reply with answers that has nothing to do with your Q.


I think some scammers work in groups bcoz one set of answers could be written by one person, and another set of answers by another becoz the style of writing are different. Since joining last month, I must have blocked out more than 100. Its absolutely frustrating.


I even has one Standard Member (SM) age 29 stating he's here to network to sell products!


I had suggested to MM that

1) SM without photo verification be given max 2 photos.

2) SM with photo verification no more than 5 photos.

3) At this point, SM can post as many pictures as they want without paying an subscription.

4) Is it disadvantageous to the Premier Members (PM) who pay a subscription to have to compete with non paying SM where profile photos are concerned.


This matter should be seriously reviewed by MM. I've provided ths feedback twice. One reply with "We will consider." The 2nd MM Counsellor couldn't be bothered.

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1 year ago Total posts: 3,554

I wish more members would read this because you are spot on.  Please report any profiles that concern you or you feel is fake.  We like blasting those scumbags off the site.

Happy blogging!!!

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1 year ago

Equally as annoying for the legitimate female members here. The staggering number of fake female profiles are a great nuisance for us men too! Over the time, I have been able to recognize and report them within seconds! Here are some typical telltale signs of a fake profile:

 

- Young women looking for men up to 99 years old!

- One photo only

- No verified photos

- Claiming to live in the U.S. but speaking/ typing poor English

- Addressing you with “dear” right off the bat! ( “hello dear” is a typical African scammer lingo)

- Declaring their love for you from the start without any interaction in person

- Flattering you about your profile but not able to tell you what attracted them to it( ask specific questions!)

- “Yeah” and “Coz” instead of “yes” and “because” (This is a typical telltale of scammers from Africa, particularly Nigeria)

- Claiming to be in the U.S. military on assignment somewhere

- Claiming to be chatting on a military-provided cell phone (The U.S. military never issues cell phones to its members and prohibits the divulging  of location to any unknown third-party)

- Giving you phone numbers with area codes unrelated to their claimed locality

- Avoiding telephone conversation instead of texting

- Avoiding meeting you

- Asking you for money under any pretext ( they’ll never give you a bank account or agree to western union transfer, instead they want you to send them the money in form of Apple Card’s of $99.00 max (because they can be cashed untraceably) to a fake or P.O.Box address

- Out of context responses to specific questions or statements (because their algorithms are limited)

- Stating their income above $200,000.00, particularly as a range but not being certified

- Claiming to be nationals of another country but unable to speak the language!

 

I’ve also easily exposed many of them who claimed to live in a city near me, but then avoiding any possibility of meeting in person in a public place.

 

these are just a handful of telltale signs that I have been able to establish for exposing and shutting down these scammers. I would strongly recommend for you to ask specific out of sequence questions that only a real person could answer and then the more specific you get in your questions you will see that the scammers become less and less responsive and keep writing things that are simply not making sense. Hilariously, I’ve had a couple of these scammers being on a chat with me and at the same time sending me links and telling me “great profile let’s talk!”

 

 

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1 year ago

Yeah I am learning alot of scammers on here are women. For example, I exchanged contact information with a French-African who advertised on her profile that she lives near me. And if you don't believe me, just browse my profile wall comments as you'll see her username "Doddy55". So anyway, the thing about "Doddy55" is how her english is somewhat suspect. However, but given the potential reality that she could be a foreigner ... justifies her lack of english skills. However, what I found interesting about her profile - along with several other profiles of women - is how after we exchanged contact infomation ... immediately she mentioned "that we go to a hotel" to have fun. Which is crazy because her entire profile ...  makes her come off as a fun-loving classy elegant woman ...  who seeks "a nice man".

And so, long story short, I text messaged her back (pretty harshly) to let her know I'm not into escorts or non-classy women. And the thing is right after I texted her that? Her responses we're in French and English ... as she also claimed that I was a "Misogynistic Pig" ... Who Disrespects Women". Which is funny to me because I knew her responses we're a HUGE RED FLAG. Because lets be honest, what woman randomly volunteers ... to sleep with a guy ... she knows nothing about? <---CAN YOU SAY SUSPECT!

 

PS. Guys do your research. Because truthfully, I'm cancelling my profile next month - as the profiles on here should be screened ALOT HARDER by admins.

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

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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Thanks Evelyn7. That is exactly the reason I wrote it.
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Good Morning alana55?
This is Evelyn7 and I do appreciate that knowledge from you? Thanks!.