One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.But then they suddenly need money for rent too, then food, then medical fees, and it can quickly escalate.Take for example, the 28-year-old New Yorker who turned his OK Cupid profile into a robot. In an effort to see just how impersonal online dating has become, Schuyler Hunt created a fake profile, and then when a woman would message him, he ran all of his responses through , which is essentially artificial intelligence chat software that attempts to mimic or reproduce human conversation.
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.
It wasn’t a very nice thing to do, but it did teach us a valuable lesson: never assume an online dating profile is for real. I’m not talking about drunk-text shenanigans, I’m talking an inability to follow proper flow in conversation and nonsensical replies. So if you are messaging with someone and it sounds like this, throw your computer out the window and run. So, yeah, this might be a real thing people do and we should all be more discerning, even in the presence of a striking photo. They send you invitations or links to check them out at a different site. This is often a sign that either they are musicians/artists/actors trying to get views on their personal pages or further their careers, or maybe even lure you to their pornographic sites. All of the rules you use in real life, use online and don’t let a handsome smile or sexy, but slightly incoherent banter soften your instincts.
So it raises the question: how do we make sure we don’t fall in love with a robot? Let’s take a gander at some signs that might indicate a fake online dating profile. Both are not cool and not authentic to why you are (probably) on online dating sites.
Around 7.8 million UK adults used online dating sites in 2016, up from just 100,000 in 2000.
But just as dating app users are at an all-time high, so is the number of people becoming victims of online dating fraud.