Of course we use our own database of profiles extensively for this purpose.If you would like some background information about online scammers work, read our article: How an Internet dating scam works.Through both manual and automatic detection methods, we actively scan each new profile and if it seems fishy, we ban it and post it here.Since no dating blacklist system is perfect, we do miss some of the fake profiles that are posted.If the software hasn't already identified the IP Address of the new profile as one that is often trouble, the operator may perform additional look-ups.Using online tools we can determine if the person posted the profile using a computer located in a part of the world other than where the person claims to reside.Usually the last thing we do is to check for duplicates of either the profile text or the photo on other websites.
Mostly, we use common sense methods that you can use yourself to spot suspect profiles.
It next looks up the IP addresses and email addresse in a list of known scammers.
Lastly, it looks for fields that are filled in with silly or repeated information.
The operator may also compare the profile with our database of fake profiles looking for similar ones.
Often by simply reading a sentence or two of the profile a human can get a feeling that a profile is not real.
We use custom software, continually enhanced through years of identifying fake profiles, that is able to identify many of the obvious indicators that someone has entered a bogus online profile.