‘Net’s net nett dating effect – part two

how one dating website is dealing with scammers

From a team of four back in February 2010, monitoring their not so insignificant chunk of cyber space for scammers, the number of employees looking out for ‘scammer-ish’ dating site behaviour has trebled to twelve, in less than two years, for one online dating agency.

Yes, the membership has grown in that time but so has the activity level and stealth of scammers world-wide-web-wide.

Rather than make like an ostrich and ignore the severity of risk, one particular adult dating site has realised that repeat business comes from loyal customers who feel safe in their domain and have therefore took proactive steps to prevent further intrusion by these heartless crooks.

Not only are they now monitoring dating profiles that contain the tell-tale signs of scammer-ish behaviour, like ‘my friend has a great investment opportunity’ or ‘my cousin will lose his house if he doesn’t get £20,000 by next week’, but also of those that say very little. Let’s face it, if you’re looking for love on line, your profile is going to paint a vivid picture. The dating site in question has now recognised that profiles that say little are perhaps also a mask for something not so pretty, beneath.

There are more usual tell-tale signs that admin of dating sites have visibility to, but not the unsuspecting user, unfortunately. They can see how many times a specific profile has been blocked by other members; if several profiles have been uploaded from the same IP address (and constantly get blocked), IT can look into it, once they have turned off their laptop and then back on again; and they also have visibility to both failed debit and credit card payments and, where necessary, credit history, too.

Should this activity be published next to someone’s profile?

The problem lies herein: one or all of those issues can befall genuine dating site members. We all have tight months where perhaps the dating website fee takes a lesser priority; we all sometimes want to scrap our profile and start again; and, if we have logged on after a few too many sherbets, we can ‘flame’ people who reject our advances.

In reality, the dating site administration can only do so much. It is up to us, the hopeless romantic, to determine whether the single we are reaching out to is genuine or false.

One simple message rings true, and we emphasis it, yet again: never give money to anyone you meet on an online dating website. It is the only sure-fire way of protecting your heart, your integrity and, most importantly, your bank balance.

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