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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. Clues You Can Use!
Here are a group of clues you can put to immediate use:
One of the scammer’s favorite techniques is to obfuscate, or avoid a subject during your emails and conversations.
You may ask them a specific question, and a real person would answer it in some way at least, but a scammer will ignore it completely.
Instead they tend to repeat the same statements again.
Whenever you are chatting with someone you meat only, use the question and answer approach to test if you are talking with a scammer.
Ask simple things about where they live. If they say they live in a specific town, they should know a lot about it – even if they say they now live somewhere else. Do a Google search for things about that town that you can ask – things a scammer would never think about.
When they deliberately avoid subjects that you bring up, it is a clear sign of a scammer. After all, why would you want to be talking with someone that you can not share with? If it is a sensitive subject, a real person will ask if you can discuss it later, but at least you go an answer!
Coming at subjects from different directions can tell you quickly if that person is a scammer.
SPOTTING A FAKE FACEBOOK PROFILE
There are several clues that you should look for whenever you are contacted by someone new on facebook.
A real person is likely to hide most of their profile, so that is not necessarily a red flag.
Look at the PHOTOS. A typical scammer has very few and very odd ones. They may be a young woman showing a selfie shot but only have one or two photos – no way!
They may have nonsense images or photos – almost like they grabbed them from a Google search.
Look especially at the profile photos and see if they were ever using a profile photo for a different person – even a different sex.
Also look at the header image to make sure it relates to the person in the profile image
Look at their friends. It may be a woman who only has a few males friend – fitting the typical victim profile – but no female friends. Men the opposite.
Also look at the profile name. Some have a woman’s name on a man’s profile or vice versa.
The typical fake profile has a lot of clues.
Take a look at our Fake Profiles page for thousands of fake profiles so you can get an idea of what we are talking about. https://www.facebook.com/Social-Scammers-1412780712361922
THEIR WEIGHT & HEIGHT
Watch the weight and the height!
Scammers are sloppy, and don’t really understand Inches and Pounds.
So look for the ratio of height to weight, and also for obvious errors.
Such as this WOMAN:
How tall are you? 6’11” (210.82 cm.)
How much do you weigh? 180 lbs. (82 kg.)
Or a skinny girl that weighs 298lbs!
ALWAYS LOOK AT THE FINE DETAILS – NORMAL REAL PEOPLE DO NOT MAKE THESE MISTAKES ON A DATING PROFILE
One of the obvious clues to spotting a scammer in a dating profile (beyond bad grammar and spelling) is the Run-On Attribute Vomit!
They dump a large number of what they think are important personality attributes into a long string (usually without spaces).
Because they believe this is how real Westerners write.
” I am active, responsible, loving, caring, sharing, kindhearted,warm,accommodating,sexy,comapassionate,tolerant,laid back type,outgoing,welcoming”
SO IF YOU SEE THIS, GUESS WHAT? IT’S A SCAMMER!