Profile of a Scammer - Common Sense Warning Signs:
anything Internet related, you must always be weary and use common sense when dealing with people for the first time, this includes those beautiful loving women that inexplicably contact you out of the blue wishing to strike up some sort relationship with you.
The following is a list of warning signs to look for in order to detect a scammer just out to swipe a few bucks from your wallet.
Encountering one or more of these Warning Signs in your own relations should make you pause but remember there is no reason for paranoia! If many of these are present, step back and simply use common sense!
- You found her at a free-to-post-personals website.
Now right off the bat you should know
that at any of these "free-to-post-personals" websites you are going to find a mixture of sincere and "scammer"
persons. Of course, other than in person or by reference or in some random way, there are only two general ways
you are going to "meet" these girls: at such a free-to-post-personals website or via an "Agency". So if
Agencies have to be approached with caution and these free-to-post-personals also have a lot of scammers what
is a guy to do? The best thing to do is to keep on a lookout for the other Warning Signs listed here.
Additionally, here are some things to watch out for: 1) Does she have more than one profile posted? It has
been my experience that real persons post only one time but that scammers or Agencies (whether scammers or just
parasites) post multiple times. Scroll through the profiles or search the same parameters and see if you find
any others. 2) Similarly, do you find more than one profile with different information such as name, ages,
locations, etc. Naturally why would these be different if the person was real? 3) Did her profile
disappear? Shortly after you begin to write regularly to each other go back and check to see if her original
profile is still where you found it. Do this once a week. A real person is going to leave her profile there
until she gets committed or finds her true love. But if the profile is gone then it could have been removed by
the host because of received complaints; or the photos, identity and location of that profile may have become
known to the anti-scammer forces and the scammers may have removed it because of this; or the scammer has
adopted a pattern of placing a profile, luring a few correspondents in and then removing it so as to avoid
detection.Note: If the profile is there you may wish to try the tactic of writing again using
a different "identity". Receiving the same "introductory response". What you should be looking for as you carry
on this second correspondence is whether the "emotional connection" is the same, i.e. is she also telling you
as this second identity that she "loves you", "wants to be with you", etc. If so, you know she is not
sincere.4) Are you going to be dealing with an agency? The chances are more likely that you will be dealing
with an Agency if the photos have a studio or blank background or are otherwise professional in nature. Also,
if this is the case then it is most likely that the girl herself did not post her profile but that the Agency
did it for her. Keep this in mind in your early correspondence and also don't be shocked to suddenly find
yourself facing a middleman (or middlewoman). This is only my preference, but it seems more advisable to deal
with a real woman that has natural photos then even a real woman who is using a legitimate agency for several
reasons. If you are dealing with an Agency then it can be legitimate or it may be a scam and you will have to
take into consideration all of the other factors involved here. It isn't always possible to have a situation
without an Agency as some persons with limited Net-access or limited english skills may have to rely on these
services. So while dealing with an Agency (that otherwise doesn't possess any of the other Warning Signs)
can be OK, if your "relationship" or communications seems to be or becomes more about keeping the Agency as a
middleman instead of helping you two to get acquainted, then you have to ask yourself the bottom line
question.The bottom line: Did you want to meet a girl or did you want to meet an Agency?
- Her Agency uses a free web-host.
Although the use of a web-host is not by itself a sign
of a scammer Agency, it is obviously easy to see just how simple it would be to set up a scam operation using
such a service. Check the top level domain name for signs that it is "free" It seems dubious that a
legitimate business would both rely upon a free web-host and be too cheap to pay for the "no banner
advertisements" usually offered by such hosts, so if you do see that banners are going that is an indication
that there may be something wrong and also that the web-host will have limited info on the company. It should
be noted that there are many good businesses taking advantage of these free web-hosts but on balance, the ease
with which an individual may establish such a cyberstorefront façade is a fact too dangerous to ignore
completely.(TIP: In these cases, look very critically at the complexity and sophistication of the website.
What are the affiliations and advertisers? Does it allow you to make orders using a well known payment method
like a major credit card? Are there many levels and pages or is it very basic in nature? Although not a
complete guarantee, a legitimate business is going to put together a quality presentation while the scammer
website is only going to do enough to hook you with a pretty face and then conduct the rest of the scam by
e-mail.) (TIP: Should you have problems with such an agency feel free to report it to the abuse section of
the web-host. Also feel free to ask directly how the agency gets its access to the Internet. In the
event you are scammed, you will want to complain to the agency's ISP and the DNS registrant. Using
Network-Tools may help to obtain valuable information.) The bottom line: If the company is
unwilling to put money into itself, why would YOU?
- Her Agency is "blacklisted."
There are a number of notorious agencies. (EVIL TIP:
Your best choice is to stay away from them completely. But if you want to have some fun and occupy their
resources feel free to email them anything and everything. Pass along those annoying e-mails that your friends
send to you. No doubt they will soon block your email or send it directly to the trash but with many
individuals doing this they might find it a bit overwhelming.)Fortunately, scammer agencies and individuals
operating through them are easier to detect than individuals operating on their own once you know what to look
for.The bottom line: They're blacklisted dummy!
- Her Agency includes other "scammers."
Just because you don't see your correspondent
listed here at Scam Alert or elsewhere doesn't mean you aren't being scammed.
Depending on the Agency's policies and operation, the presence of "known" scammers at the Agency where your
woman "resides" should be a big warning sign to you. Of course, some very large websites (see note on F2P
Websites) contain a mix of legitimate persons and scammers because they allow anyone to post a profile so
this Warning Sign must be taken with a grain of salt. Smaller agencies that claim to regulate their clientele
should have no scammers at all.(TIP: Browse your woman's website thoroughly and if you do encounter a known
scammer, ask the manager of the Agency or the webmaster why a known scammer is a client or listed. The answer
should be very enlightening.) The bottom line: Birds of a feather flock together.
- Her Agency doesn't update the personals.
Hey some people are too busy scamming you to
update their personals. So what if that "18 year old student" is now 25, married and living in Australia.
Seriously though, keep in mind that some large agencies and especially the free listings may not update very
often.(TIP: If you reach the point where you are concentrating on each other, ask the woman to remove her
profile from the Agency's profiles while you two figure out if you are going to get serious. If the Agency says
it is not possible consider that an indication that the Agency is not very good and potentially a scam.
But keep in mind that this advice is for ONLY those that are near engagement. It has been reported that some
women have been "stood up" at the last minute. Given the expense and hassle of making a listing, it should not
be surprising that some sincere ladies would be reluctant to pull their profile before you have slipped a ring
on her finger.)The bottom line: You should prefer to deal with agencies that provide excellent
service to their clients. This includes updating their personal listings as circumstances change.
- She sends the same letters verbatim that known scammers have written.
Read some of the
letters that have been posted on the other anti-scam websites. (The Author generally does not post the actual
letters or copies of emails for aesthetic and space reasons.) If you suddenly feel a bad case of Deja Vu the
scam is on you!
The bottom line: Familiarize yourself with the standard letters (try not to be
horrified if you have received one) and more importantly, get a feel for the "tone" and "style" of these
- The filenames of her photos are numbered above ten (10) (e.g. 025.jpg, 015.jpg, etc.).
many real people when they digitize their own pictures or have this done give them such ridiculous filenames?
Some scammer Agencies attempt to somewhat personalize their large list of photos (e.g. alena12.jpg, nata25.jpg,
etc.) and others just assign them a number. If the woman is using a legitimate Agency AND the Agency or she
informs you that these photos (ask them) were the product of a photo shoot then this may be acceptable.
Otherwise, it is unlikely that an individual or a legitimate agency would have more than a dozen photos scanned
and available for you and certainly it is unlikely to have numbered them in this way.Real women using a
legitimate Agency probably do not have a great number of photos scanned in the computer because to scan more
than a few photos is an additional charge at most agencies and "Internet cafes". (Of course, if she is using a
personal computer and scanning her own pictures then in this situation it is possible to have a number of
photos. But even then she is more likely to name them and not assign numbers to them.) The bottom line:
If you get photos numbered like that add a "0" to the number and consider that you are that numbered person she
has sent it to this week.