Another curious recurring scam marker is that male profiles often will often mention their salt and pepper hair.A term that few genuine men would probably use to describe themselves, but a characteristic that is generally agreed to be attractive.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.If you see row after row of identical messages it warrants further investigation Scammers want to move their victims away from regulated and moderated environments like the inbox of a dating site and into the wild of Skype or email conversations as quickly as possible.The majority of romance scammers are not people with English as their native language and that is visible both in their profiles and the messages they send.Furthermore a good chunk of the fraudster are part of a bigger scam organization.Scammers will often reuse pictures on multiple dating sites and a quick search will often reveal if a picture is stolen from an unsuspecting person.Most dating sites ask users to set the age range a potential partner should fall into. In many cases their choice will be 18-99, but if they do pick a preference it will generally be 10 or 20 years older than their own claimed age.
Most scammers will send out waves of generic messages to multiple people in a very short timespan.
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Take a look: Dating profiles carry a wealth of information and as such it’s a great place to look for scam markers.
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.