Can you spot a fake profile?  

inthefe 50M
366 posts
6/20/2005 3:07 pm

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Can you spot a fake profile?

Many of us guys (and perhaps a few of you ladies as well) have been there: we see a profile, contact the person only to find it is a scam to get you to go to another site, enter credit card info, etc. So we become a little more jaded, a little more cautious about who we contact. Makes you wonder, what can a person use to quick filter possible fake accounts?

I am not certain there is a good solid way, but look at a profile below that I found in my geographic area, and think "might this be a fake account":

I'm a recently married woman looking for a man to show me a good time in bed. I love a man who knows how to take control and please a woman. If this is you, contact me. I'll be waiting. Make sure to leave your email address.

Ideal Person:
A guy who isn't about playing games, but he can't be too serious about life either. Please don't be a cheater, a married man, or anyone who likes head games. Honesty is big with me. Clean cut, good sense of humor, a little sarcastic.

Ring any alarm bells? Let’s see: she is a recently married woman looking for a man to please her, but is adamant about the man she is looking for not being married or a “cheater” as “Honesty is big with me”. A bit odd, eh? Sure maybe she just likes single guys to cuckold her husband with, but the whole thing sounds a bit shady, yes?

I also note the immediate plea for an external address. I know standard members have severely limited e-mail capabilities, but asking for an external addy right up front in the profile smacks of “you are about to be spammed”.

Also, the short nature, and very general aspect of the profile is suspect. This one looks like it took about 1 minute to throw together ‒ pretty easy/typical for a scam operation I would think. When someone takes time to write a more comprehensive profile you tend to think they are a bit more earnest about the results.

In the end, who’s to say ‒ but this type of profile is definitely on my “suspect’ list!

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lifeisablast333 55M

8/13/2005 4:50 pm

we hate the fakes, when first in blogland, we were fooled, but you live and learn....or so we hope...

EroticallyRapt 56M
336 posts
6/29/2005 1:38 am

Just realized the meaning of your handle inthefe. Just wanted to say hey to a fellow New Mexican. Keep on bloggin'


rockwriter58 58M
1389 posts
6/23/2005 7:45 am

Last night I posted my latest listing of fake or scam profiles. Most of these are for prostitutes, as you might expect. I usually post one of these about every three weeks, if not more frequently, depending on how many I spot.

rockwriter58 58M
1389 posts
6/20/2005 5:35 pm

I'm not convinced it is fake. However, I would agree it is suspect for all the reasons you list.

I have a number of posts on my blog with details about scam profiles. I have far too much information to post it all here. So if you are interested, pop over for a look.

rm_talldarkavg1 107M
10172 posts
6/20/2005 4:50 pm

I think this one you're referring to is actually my ex. But the other ones...whoa.

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EroticallyRapt 56M
336 posts
6/20/2005 4:00 pm

I've seen this profile or another with the same text. I don't remember where the person was located. But, I had the same reaction to it that you had. A plea for an outside e-mail is definitely a red flag in my eyes - especially since it is against the site's use policy. They even have a standard form for reporting this type of profile to them. Just click the link "Report Abuse" at the bottom of the profile. It's quick and easy.


pussinboots4u 51M/49F

6/20/2005 3:57 pm

Someone once told me to pay attention to whether or not they have any testimonials from people who have actually MET them. Another tip off was to check out the pics and compare the description they have offered - for example they say they are Caucasian, yet the photo is obviously Asian, African American - you get the picture.

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