Fake dating ads

Tom Smiley used 5 different methods to figure out if a personal ad was a fake.These methods were: More Details can be found here on his methodology including examples.After discovering that his headshot consistently showed in hoax dating profiles (thanks to a Google alert), Army Master Sgt. “Over the past few years, I’ve seen these scammers use all kinds of photos removed from open Facebook pages, blogs, official military websites, and command pages,” he wrote in a blog post last month.

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Specifically, he took a look at all personal ads for woman seeking men in all United States cities for one day. In total he claims to have found that 5,564 of these personal ads appeared to be fake.

This means only 16% of the ads he examined where real.

It seems that somehow my profile targets only those that are looking for money, or are spam. For example, the other night I got a message from a lady on Plenty Of and responded to her and then she quickly responded giving me her Yahoo screen name to IM her.

After a little while of chatting and waiting and waiting for responses, My response: Unfortunately, you’re running into the sad situation that is online dating.

Davis calls it the “Nigerian advance fee scam,” as it is thought that the majority of spammers are based in Western Africa.

Tom Smiley recently released on October 31, 2008 a case study in which he examines the number of fake profiles found on Craig' s List.However, on smaller or niche dating sites like and datanta, there is no security system to spot a fraudster.[Update: the site contacted us to notify us of the precautions they have in place, including a human editor who responds to complaints and reports, and Threat Metrix, a cybercrime prevention software.] “On some dating sites, as many as one out of 10 profiles is a scammer,,” Mark Brooks, editor of Online Personals Watch told Glamour. It turns out that the crippling fear of an awkward first date is the least of your troubles.A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.The lesson here is that online dating startups will need to step up their game to keep consumers safe.

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