However, on smaller or niche dating sites like and datanta, there is no security system to spot a fraudster.
[Update: the site contacted us to notify us of the precautions they have in place, including a human editor who responds to complaints and reports, and Threat Metrix, a cybercrime prevention software.] “On some dating sites, as many as one out of 10 profiles is a scammer,,” Mark Brooks, editor of Online Personals Watch told Glamour.
To identify rogue behavior, the algorithm factors in the user’s login location, IP address, profile photo, and behavior patterns.
Additionally, the system can detect “bots,” often operated by organized crime gangs, which create profiles and engage real members in automated scripted conversations designed to elicit payment.
Once they’ve made contact, they will typically request to move the conversation to a private instant messaging service.
He or she will begin the courtship process by sending letters and love poems for a period of weeks and finally offer to fly to meet their victim.
Some of their features include online chatting, Bible commentary and they have excellent search capabilities.
Davis calls it the “Nigerian advance fee scam,” as it is thought that the majority of spammers are based in Western Africa.
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The lesson here is that online dating startups will need to step up their game to keep consumers safe.
“In the war against online dating scams and security threats, we’ve chosen to do whatever is necessary to always be a few steps ahead of scammers, and not the other way around – which is usually too late for our users,” said Cupid.com’s CEO, Bill Dobbie.
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