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To identify rogue behavior, the algorithm factors in the user’s login location, IP address, profile photo, and behavior patterns.
Already, through its quality assurance methods, the site has identified 20,000 scammers who get permanently blocked from Cupid’s communities each month.
Here are some expert tips on avoiding scams from Cupid.com’s Communications director, Sean Wood: Word of caution: The FBI recently issued a warning about a different kind of online dating scam known as “ransomware.” It’s a virus that will make your computer inoperable until you hand over a payment. Have you ever been a victim of an online dating scam?
The lesson here is that online dating startups will need to step up their game to keep consumers safe.
“In the war against online dating scams and security threats, we’ve chosen to do whatever is necessary to always be a few steps ahead of scammers, and not the other way around – which is usually too late for our users,” said Cupid.com’s CEO, Bill Dobbie.
The scam typically works like this: A con artist, usually based in an Internet cafe overseas, will lift a photo from Facebook or another social networking site.
They will painstakingly craft a fake profile and begin targeting people that are looking for love.
To protect consumers, sites like are being set up for volunteers to post details of the counterfeit dating profiles they come across.
Christine Davis, a design student who was duped by a fake profile, set up this particular site and wants to support others who have been targeted.
Online dating scammers tend to target people who have a large amount of information in their profiles, and the scam is usually based around stealing money, credit card information, or personal information from the victim. But her cell phone seems to be faulty and her old laptop doesn't have a built in camera. I also enjoy toying with these scammers with elaborate stories of wealth, success, and loneliness.
She wants me to send money to buy one via her money transfer account.