“Thousands” of others, including celebrities, soldiers and adult actresses, have had their pictures plucked from Facebook and other sites and used for bogus profiles as well — even though they “are not and never were” members of Match’s dating sites, the suit says.
The court filing says it’s making the allegations based on hundreds of complaints filed by other alleged victims, and through Avalos’ lawyer’s own probe, which included the use of photo recognition software.
While it’s bad news that optimized messaging used for scamming is spread, it’s good news for those of us trying to spot the romance scam profiles as we can search for known patterns in the language used.
Here are some examples of language and wordings often used by romance scammers on online dating sites: Language is a great way to do a cursory check for scammers on your site.
The phony profiles are often created by scammers in other countries for “criminal purposes,” which include “romance scams” that “entice victims to send money to people outside of the country,” said Avalos’ lawyer Evan Spencer.
The suit says that at best, the company looks the other way, because it can tell the bogus profiles are being posted with IP addresses in foreign countries — not the city listed on the profile.
We also want to talk a bit about which automation rules can be set up to keep scammers off your site in the first place.
You just have to be looking for love, a search that causes you to be more vulnerable than usual.
And love is the tool scammers use to pry open your bank account and strip you of your assets.
Furthermore a good chunk of the fraudster are part of a bigger scam organization.
This means that they share scripts and wording that have delivered successful results with their target group.