How Can You Tell If An Online Dating Profile is Fake?
If you see an online profile that says something like, "Rich Algerian Prince with a PhD seeks quality relationship with a good Catholic," be leary!
And know that words like "hot" and "bombshell" are sometimes used by people of varying degrees of actual hotness. People who post ads have been known to exaggerate the truth a tad.
One in ten online dating profiles is fake, and many of them contain key trigger words. What are they?
The online dating site Seeking Arrangement says it deletes more than 600 fake accounts per day. It got together with a background-screening company to analyze 60,000 banned profiles for common traits.
1. Be cautious when approaching "Catholic women." 82% of the 60,000 banned accounts listed their religion as "Catholic."
2. 63% of the 60,000 banned accounts listed their relationship status as "widowed." Scammers use this to play the sympathy card.
3. 71% of the 60,000 banned accounts said they were "females."
4. Scammers like to appear smart too. 54% of the 60,000 banned accounts said they had a Ph.D. and 37% said they had a graduate degree.
5. Many scammers list their location abroad. 28% of the fake accounts said they were based in Nigeria. 23% were in Ukraine. 21% were in the Philippines.
6. 36% of the 60,000 banned accounts listed their ethnicity as "Native American." 19% said they were "mixed."
7. 26% of the 60,000 banned accounts listed their employment as "Engineer." 25% said they were "royalty." 23% listed themselves as "self-employed."
If online dating works for Martha Stewart, it can work for anybody. Just watch out for the fakes! More than $50 million is lost every year to online dating scams.