The scam typically works like this: A con artist, usually based in an Internet cafe overseas, will lift a photo from Facebook or another social networking site.They will painstakingly craft a fake profile and begin targeting people that are looking for love.With good software filters and manual checking of profiles they can be for the most part easily flagged as fake and then removed in time.In my experience and from what I have seen other singles write about, the below dating sites listed have the least number of fake profiles. It turns out that the crippling fear of an awkward first date is the least of your troubles.A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.
“I’ve also seen my own photos and name used.” (The image of Grisham that was used by scammers is pictured, left) With a few of the largest player like OKCupid, Match, and others, there are precautionary measures in place.
“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.
“A lot of foreigners don’t understand that Native Americans are Indians,” he explained. They pick Native American because they think that means American.
About 170 profiles were those belonging to government employees from the United States that signed up from the email addresses.
According to Troy Hunt, an Australian cyber security expert, the data has been for saleon the dark web to unknown buyers for an undisclosed price.