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SCARS™ Scammer Profile Example: Ester firstname.lastname@example.org
Yet Another Scammer!
There is never a shortage!
This One Is:
One of the techniques to spot Romance Scammers is to look at the difference between their profile text and their messages. People write the same most of the time and make the same errors. So if there is a BIG difference in style, grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation between their messages and their profile write-ups, you know there is something amiss.
Also, one of the common tactics of scammers is to not only steal photos of other people but to steal their profile text two. That’s why it is so important to spot the details.
Here’s her profile:
I’m in mood for love Age: 31 Gender: Female Orientation: Heterosexual Country: United States Location: Kahoka, MO Height: 5 ft. 7 in. Body Type: Athletic Ethnicity: White / Caucasian Hair Color: Light Brown hair Eye Color: Brown Religion: Christian – Other Astrological sign: Leo Level of Education: Some college Occupation: Food Services Income: I’ll tell you later Smoking: Non-smoker & don’t mind smokers Drinking: Don’t Drink Relationship Status: Never Married Have Children: No Want Children: Undecided Looking to meet a: Male Age: 36 to 83 Relationship Desired: I’ll tell you later Last Visit: Today
When you see the profile details, two red flags are:
Too wide an age range
Also, always pay attention to the LOCATION. Always look up in google something about the town, and ask a question or two about the place in your first few messages. A real person would be happy to talk about where they live – a scammer in Nigeria won’t have a clue.
Here’s her profile text:
I always treat people with respect and fairness. And I do not play games. My attitude towards life is simply living each day for all its worth, while making something for the future. I can be pragmatic at times, when it’s needed, but balance that with my own humor and lighter side of life. I have an ability to listen. I don’t consider myself as having any major personality flaws. I love learning and achieving my goals. My friends tell me that I am never boring. And they know that they can always count on me in times of need I am here for no other motive but only to find someone I can love with all my heart. This world is a harsh place sometimes. But when two people are right for each other, there is nothing they can’t do by supporting and loving each other. Are you tired of being lonely like me? Do you want to find your special someone you can trust completely? Do you still believe in true love? Are you kind, positive, reliable, faithful and honest in relationship? If yes, we could be right for each other.Please do not hesitate to write me. I’ll be waiting.
Note the proper grammar, good spelling, but most important the proper punctuation – especially commas. This was well written!
Here’s her opening message:
I’m Esther 31 a years young female, single, 5’
7’’,Weight 131 lbs long brown hair and brown eyes , And
a woman with good personality,good sense of
humor,honest,sincere,faithful,loving,caring and a
hopeless romantic…And i will like to be your friend
for now if you don’t mind.
fragileheart007 at ym dot com
Here are the clues we see here:
Email address in the first message
Very bad punctuation
Odd phrases with poor grammar, like: “a woman with good personality” or “And i will like”
Lower case “i”
One or two of these would not be a solid case, but together they close the jail cell!
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