You suddenly met on the Internet with a nice girl who introduced (for example) as widow of Ukrainian engineer. But be very careful – she’s surely cheating. “Romantic” swindlers play on our feelings and emotions to find rich user who will send them money. In the questionnaires of speculators often indicate Catholic faith; country of residence – Nigeria, the Philippine Islands or Ukraine; they said they are the widows and received a doctoral degree.
All these data are collected from the most popular Dating sites. However, our warnings are applied not just websites. After all, scammers are the same everywhere. Have you received to your e-mail a random spam? This could be another attempt that some woman or a man looking for a date in the network. We took the last statistics on the registration of new profiles for the period of 10 months. First all the profiles have been passed through an automated screening program.
For example we used flags of the countries of residence specified in the profile of people who exhibit profiles for Dating. Also we’ve got the information hidden from the other eyes (such as IP addresses) and then all this was compared. The results showed that the majority of registered people were the usual scammers. Some advanced Dating services have already put these programs on their site. Such approach gives people the possibility to check the truthfulness of the potential partner on themselves.
Typical fraudulent profiles.
As it was already said, 82% of fraudulent profiles indicate mainly Catholic faith (or argue about it). Namely this religion is the most popular among cheating lovers on dating sites. Please note that scammers in their reports talk a lot about spirituality. Probably they think that such approach helps them to feel more moral and reliable.
Here’s what we found in typical fraudulent profiles:
Passwords preferred by scams.
Analysis of scam passwords showed that they more often pointed religious passwords, in comparison with honest ones. In some it was “godisgood” whereas in the others – “lovinggod”.
Be careful with ladies.
71% of fraudulent profiles are female. Most often such search trick uses when girls are looking for simpleton users as rich “sugar daddies”. The American Federal Bureau of Investigations indicates that most such lovers of romance are women after 40 years.
63% of the fraudulent profiles say that they are widowers. These are those men who like to play on your feelings.
38% of the scam profiles indicate higher education, as many as 54% say that they have a doctorate degree. At least we have never found yet even one fraudulent profile which says that man has only a school certificate and no bachelor’s degree.
Some racial issues.
It’s well known that the number of American Indians is not more than 2% of the total population of the United States. At the same time, 36% of fraudulent profiles say that they are pure-blooded Indians. Other popular approval – the origin from marriages mixed with Indian (19%). The crooks are trying to diversify their races and Indian nationality sounds more exotic than usual.
Fraudulent profiles and spam in the e-mail most often are localized in Nigeria (28%). Other very common countries are Ukraine (23% of profiles) and the Philippine Islands (21%). Although these countries are well known for their scammers, but their crooks indicate in profiles the country of residence accurately. Perhaps they know that automatic screening programs find a discrepancy between the place specified in the profile and the actual place of residence easily.
“Running” work places.
26% of scams claim that their occupation is engineering and 25% say they are royalty; another 23% write they are self-employed. Arguing that are self-employed they win that it’s very difficult to test this fact by searching on the corporate website. The royalties as if are able to send you money, if you give them your bank account. In the role of “engineer” a swindler may seem smarter and therefore more reliable.