That widowed Ukrainian engineer you just met on your favorite dating website? Scam dating profiles are more likely to say they are Catholic; from Nigeria, the Ukraine or the Philippines; widowed and have a doctoral degree—among other characteristics, according to new data compiled by the dating website Seeking
He/they may rent apartments, mobile phones and postal boxes solely for the aim of scams, as well as use innocent people to receive money transfers, giving them a false reason why they cannot receive the transfer themselves (lost passport, he already received too many transfers that can cause tax problems, etc).
The innocent person usually does not know anything about the real situation, and also may not know the scammer well (i.e. The scammer may give $10-50 to the receiver for her troubles, saying that the money came from his business partner or a relative.
That's a little frustrating to me because scams are so easy to avoid.
Far too many men become obsessed with determining if the woman with whom they are currently corresponding is "real" that their quest to find a partner never reaches the step of making a trip to meet REAL Russian/Ukrainian women.
The profiles first go through automated screening software, which flags both traits in the profile, such as certain ethnicities, and things that aren't visible in the profile, such as certain IP addresses and even certain passwords that scammers seem to like more than other people.
Then a person on staff looks through the flagged profiles and decides whom to ban, Velasquez says.Seeking Arrangement has banned 60,000 profiles in the last 10 months, or about 220 a day.Here's what they've found are the ingredients in the typical scam profile.Before you write to me asking about possible Russian dating scams, or post your question here on my site, here's the short answer: Below I'll discuss the categories of Russian dating scams and how they work is a good start to avoiding them, but you can actually avoid them without knowing very much about them by following a few simple guidelines.I'll summarize here: (1) Shop only on the reputable sites, and (2) "follow the money".But dating scams are EASILY AVOIDABLE with just a little common sense combined with a little guidance.