April, 2014

standard Profile of a Fake Internet Girl

Long before Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o found himself duped by an Internet girl who was actually a dude, scammers have been posting fake profiles on dating websites. While some may do it solely for the jollies, most have a very simple goal; get you to send them money.
The bad news is that sometimes they’re sneaky. The good news is that sometimes they’re not. In fact, the dating website Seeking Arrangement has been able to pinpoint a fairly specific set of profile choices that often point to the fact that you’re dealing with a fake.
Here are some of the characteristics: Catholic, Nigerian, widowed, hold a doctoral degree of some sort. Seeking Arrangement screeners identify and delete about 220 profiles daily that they suspect of not being on the …