Editorial: The Online Dating Industry
It is a sad truth that the dating industry continues to turn a blind eye to many of the solutions that could prevent their websites from being polluted with scammers.
Image recognition that could recognize previously use faces is but one that would not be hard to implement. Pattern recognition, grammar testing, IP addressGeolocation Geolocation is the utilization of a device IP address, along with other device signals, to determine geographical location. An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label such as 192.0.2.1 that is connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. An IP address serves two main functions: host or network interface identification and location addressing. An IP Address can be used to locate a physical computer's location. filtering, repeated use of phone numbers and email addresses, are all things that could be screened for.
Please these website engage in questionable business practices that in some cases might be fraudulent themselves. But the industry is protected by their terms and conditions. So that as long as you continue to use them, they benefit and you lose.
What the industry needs are alternative sites run by people that understand how scammers work, with simple models that do not cheat their subscribers.
Until that day, you should avoid almost all dating websites!
In the interest of full disclosure, there are some sites that are making an effort. SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS./RSN has lectured to the industry through events such as iDate in the interest of getting them to use more of the scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. reports that SCARS has collected, however, not enough sites are using reported scammer data yet. We encourage them to do so NOW! The SCARS network database is the only real-time scammer data available to the dating industry, but most dating websites prefer to use unreliable algorithms instead of real data to stop scammers, since real data cuts down on the number of subscribers too much for their liking.