It is currently Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:48 am
What needs to be reported:
Where you met them, where they claim to be from, email addresses, email headers, photos, phone numbers, copies of their emails/IMs to you, money requests.
Scammers are usually dumba$$ kids who make lots of mistakes. However there are many who are professionals that also have a team of dumba$$ kids in training who do a lot of the preliminary setups for the professionals. Under professional guidance and leadership, their mistakes are not so obvious. To simplify, scammers don't always make it seem too good to be true.. . . if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
This is not usually the case. Scammers often choose images of people that most would consider ordinary looking. They learned early on - like about 10 years ago - that a 50 year old, middle aged woman, is very likely to get suspicious if the guy presents modeling or professional pictures. If you look through our galleries, you will see that scam reports of model's images are some of our oldest reports. Now days the favored male image is a military officer. They're always clean cut looking and the profession is credible and trustworthy.Any time I got messaged on a site by some guy who looked like a model, it set off an alarm.
This is about half true. The noobie scam-boys will use the same verbiage. Their English skills are limited so they do a lot of copy and paste. But beware - there are plenty of pros who can speak and write English well and some who can very neatly obscure their African accent when talking on the phone. And as for their profiles, it is very easy for the good ones to spot a well written profile from a legitimate single person and copy and paste it into their own. (One mistake that even the professionals sometimes make though, is copying the wrong gender's verbiage and overlooking some gender specific words. I love it when a White Male scammer's profile says something like, "I love passionately kissing my man," or talks about giving birth. Still, if that's buried deep in a profile, a victim might not notice it.)The vague descriptions are a big tip off, and it seems they use the same verbiage over and over, because it works.
This will never happen. As soon as someone comes up with something to protect an image or text, a dozen others will develop ways to circumvent that protection. It is the nature of the internet. The most important thing that can be done is for dating and social media sites to compare images - which is fairly easy to do with Google Image Search and our own ScamDigger and ELIMINATE the fake profiles as soon as they're reported. However fake profiles are still regarded as inventory by most dating sites and if the dating sites clean house of the fakes, they will have little to show their customers - which would put them out of business. Money drives the internet.One thing that SHOULD change in the internet world is a way to protect photographs from being copied and used again and again. Considering how advanced technology is currently, that wouldn't seem to be that hard...
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