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How to Verify Profile On Dating Sites???????

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How to Verify Profile On Dating Sites???????

Postby notthatstupid4 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:44 pm

I have been helping Pink Cupids site with identifying scammers since I have been a victim several times(I did not give up any money).Is there any advice you can give as to a way the site can maybe verify the people who are on the site or any ideas to make it safer for those of us who want to find someone?

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Re: How to Verify Profile On Dating Sites???????

Postby FrumpyBB » Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:29 pm

Please read the FAQ in full and study the informational topics on RS ("How African romance scammers work"; "Self test on scammers"), instead of opening yet another another new thread on typical and therefore so often asked for FAQ metierial ;)

If you work for a dating site, have a look at the bad IP lists or similar topics in "Useful Resources" and the "DIY" section.
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Re: How to Verify Profile On Dating Sites???????

Postby Pinky » Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:01 am

I'm not so sure she'll find the answer to the question she's asking, so easily, Frumpy. Even if it is posted somewhere else, I think I'd rather answer this one again to make sure the word gets out faster.

Dating site administrators and moderators can see the IP address of members as they join and access their site. African and Russian IP ranges are easily blocked and there are lists of them posted around the net. Likewise there are lists of bad proxy servers that the scammers and spammers use. Those should be blocked as well. I believe site administrators can contact Wayne here, who can also provide that list of IP's (if he's in an agreeable mood ;) ).

Also, site admin near and dear to my heart accept and seriously investigate member reports. If your dating site trusts your judgment and boots the slimy little maggots, that's great.
If your question isn't answered in the FAQ, please message a green Moderator or red Admin. We need to know.

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Re: How to Verify Profile On Dating Sites???????

Postby Ralph Warner » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:47 am

I should point out that scammers have been known to encourage their victims to set up dating profiles for them, these profiles will show a "safe" IP address and will not be picked up, its important to know how to spot a scammer even with all of the blocks in place ;)
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Re: How to Verify Profile On Dating Sites???????

Postby Pete » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:06 am

A lot depends on the dating site software being used, but the normal stuff always applies...

The IP matches where they claim to be (as mentioned)

Is the member mass messaging as soon as they register? (if the program allows you to see this)

Do you bother to google the email address when they register?

The picture....does Tineye or google image search have any hits on it. C'mon people...does the picture LOOK RIGHT? Do real life models with tatas hanging out really register on dating sites looking for 80 year old men?

Most of the rest of the stuff is 'seat of the pants' experience based....the nature of the english in the profile text, the inability to get physical data that seems right (4 feet tall and 245 lbs, or 6'6" and 83 lbs) they can't spell the city they claim to live in correctly,

A lot of filtering or identification of scammers is possible, but most dating sites don't bother.
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