Dating industry consultant Mark Brooks, founder of Online Personals Watch, estimates that only perhaps 1 percent of members on well-established paid online dating sites are scammers.
On newer sites, however, the number may be much higher, as scammers can flood recently launched sites with thousands of real-looking but fake profiles.
"Scammers are good for short-term business because they boost activity," he says, "but the site's reputation suffers, so new sites have to go through this learning curve." Petition online dating sites to help stop scammers. The dating industry deploys a host of techniques to fend off fraud, from automated defenses that spot suspicious language patterns or block accounts associated with IP addresses from high-alert countries such as Nigeria and Ghana to more labor-intensive policing by human teams.
A spokesperson says that profiles are immediately taken down if flagged by other members, and the company's customer care team reviews every new profile and constantly combs the site for inappropriate content.
See also: Online dating scams target hearts, bank accounts AARP's Fraud Watch Network is encouraging online dating services to take steps to better keep their customers safe.
In June 2015, the group will issue a call to action aimed at the dating industry, urging all companies to adopt more stringent verification and fraud-fighting technologies.
Since the dating service might not be doing that for you, do it yourself: Run image searches of profile photos at images.or Tin Eye.com, and paste suspicious text into search engines to see if it's been used elsewhere.
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