“They want you to trust them, and they want sympathy.” That’s why 63% of fake profiles describe themselves as widows, he said. While ethnicity is divided, a whopping 36% of fraudsters describe themselves as Native American — a red flag and likely a misunderstanding on the con artist’s part, Wade said.
The sort of photos they use as well as the language of the personal ad can help you decide whether the member is genuinely looking for a partner or not.
To make your dating experience as safe as possible, we’ve laid down simple and easy-to-follow advice on how to spot people who might not be as trustworthy as you think.
Before I dive in, let me note that I'm a software architect.
I've been designing systems and writing code for almost 30 years (no, I'm not that old, I started in junior high school - if you want to get serious, I've been a professional developer since about 1990).
At Match we want to ensure that you have a safe, friendly experience on the site.
Remember that on Match you you are fully in control of your search and can choose to take things at your own pace.
An early warning sign is when they want to immediately go to text or email, instead of talking through the online dating site.
This happens because they know that they’ll quickly be reported by someone on the site, and their profile removed, and they want to try to hook you into an offline conversation before that occurs.
Our moderation team manually check photos and personal ads across the site and a built-in screening system helps identify suspicious accounts, remove them and prevent re-registration.