Fake online dating profile

Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.

We also want to talk a bit about which automation rules can be set up to keep scammers off your site in the first place.

Millions of people now turn to the internet in the hopes of finding love. researchers claims it’s created an algorithm that detects dating scams — and it could prevent thousands from experiencing financial hardship and heartbreak. A nefarious actor will create a fake profile and lure their victim into believing they’ve made a love connection.

But in the process of opening their hearts, some also open their wallets, falling for “rom-con” scams in which a fraudster swindles them out of money. Once the victim’s guard is down, the scammer will then ask for financial gifts or loans.

According to a press release, only 1 percent of the profiles the AI flagged as fake were genuine, but the release doesn’t note how many profiles the AI scanned in total or how many it flagged as fake. But according to researcher Tom Sorell, people lose more than just money when they fall victim to an online dating scam — they’re often so distressed and embarrassed by the situation that they don’t even report it to the authorities.

Maya Diamond is a Dating and Relationship Coach in Berkeley, CA.

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