In this article I want to talk in-depth about my experience with “fakes” as well as offering you some thoughts on avoiding these profiles.Jump To: Stolen Credit Cards (and Why They Matter for Online Dating) Why Would Anyone Want to Create a Fake Dating Profile?
Many of the topics I’ll discuss below might make you think, “Well, if I use a paid online dating service I’ll be protected because no one would pay $30 a month just to send spam”.
I would agree with this thought to a point: spammers/scammers won’t pay. I was relieved but also confused…I mean, I did have more than $50 in my bank account!
However, it’s possible to buy stolen credit card numbers today (there’s an entire market for this) and they can still participate without paying anything. Several years ago, someone stole my credit card numbers and then used it to sign up for a dating service. At the time, I suspected the dating service was in cahoots with whoever was using the credit card but I now realize that’s ridiculous. Pay sites do offer much greater protection over free sites but not to the point of the problem not existing.
What was really happening (I suspect) was that someone stole my credit card to give themselves the appearance of being very real on the dating site.
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This means caring about your privacy, encrypting identifiable data, and never employing fake profiles or software bots.One problem that most of us who have used online dating have run into is the fake profile.Currently, online dating services don’t make it very easy to spot these fake profiles (although some discourage it better than others).Have you ever suspected that the person you met at your favorite online dating site may not be who they claim?Did you ever consider whether the person's profile to which you responded may not even be from a real person?Web Personals has noticed a growing trend that is currently plaguing social networking and online dating sites whereby people are posting fake profiles.