Believe it or not there are unfortunately tons of scammers on ALL dating sites waiting to release you from your hard earned money. They are on sites from the most popular to the least and from the most expensive to the absolutely free. We hear stories just about every day about people being scammed. This is just an inconvenient factual truth in the online dating industry and nothing can stop this. Few dating sites have the technical or financial ability and even the will to stop such actions, fortunately however, there are five basic steps you can use to easily spot an online dating scammer and stay safe even if the website you are on doesn't have any scammer prevention methods and policies in place. The steps I’m about to share with you, comes from my experience as the owner of a popular free online dating site so you can consider me as an authority on the issue. So let’s begin.
1. Duplicate Messages
Only a select few of website allows users to see prior messages sent by the users that contacted them. This allows them to be aware of other user’s prior messaging activity. As a result, if you receive a message from another user that is the same as the other five messages that they sent to other users, then most likely that individual is a scammer. Scammers are lazy, so they tend to just write duplicate messages.
2. Difference is IP Location and location on profile
Again, only a select few of online dating sites shows the IP address of their members. The main reason why they should do this is to provide a means to allow the user to spot a scammer’s profile easily. Although scammers can fake their IP location, the location usually is not exact to what they stated on their profile. Furthermore, being lazy, eventually scammers slip up and log back on to a site with a different IP address for a different location. So if they IP address/location is not the same as the location that they state on their profile then, most likely they are a scammer.
3. Religious Profession of God
“God fearing” is a vital keyword that you should have your spidey senses in tune for. From my years as an owner of a dating site, 99% of the time, when a user has the words God Fearing within their profile about me section, they a are scammer. Forming a religious bond with another person allows them to use religion against them.
4. Email address/telephone number in the first message to you
Most, not all scammers include their email address in the first message to you. Those that do it are either newbies or would rather employee a speed tactic to get in and out before being spotted. So if member’s first message to you includes an email address/telephone number, then most likely that person is a scammer.
5. Bad grammar and sentence structure
Everyone is not English major with proper grammar skills; however scammers usually have atrocious grammar that allows you to spot them easily. For example, “Hello how is you doing Hope you are doing Great...... I am new here I don’t do dating online” is an example of a messages receive from a scammer with bad grammar.
So there you have it folks, online dating is a good tool you can use to find that special someone, however not all members are genuine individuals looking for love, some are scammers. Luckily you can prevent from being scammed by following 5 easy steps to identify scammers and stop them in their tracks.