“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.
We may use search engines like Google to do this or other Anti-Scam websites.
Of course we use our own database of profiles extensively for this purpose.
Wade’s company compiled a list of the most common characteristics from the 60,000 accounts it’s deleted to help singles spot warning signs.
“Scammers tend to prey on a few things,” Wade said.
We use custom software, continually enhanced through years of identifying fake profiles, that is able to identify many of the obvious things that are wrong with bogus profiles.