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And if you replace “collect an inheritance” with “find true love,” they’re an increasing menace for dating apps and services. But they are an increasingly important front for criminals, who in turn use increasingly sophisticated methods to snare their marks, and take them for whatever they can.
A recently released list, by a fraud-busting company called Scamalytics, of the top lines and photos used in profiles by online dating grifters shows that while the range of sophistication may vary, the end goal is always the same: To fleece romance-seekers out of their money.
Often, these online friendships blossom into genuine long-term relationships.
If it turns out to be a model, or really anyone other than who the profile says it is, that's a scammer.
But most people wouldn’t blink if they saw it in a real person’s profile.
Likewise, scammers use current events to provide cover stories that explain why they’re in, say, Nigeria.
Geographical mismatches are also bad signs, such as someone claiming to be in Brooklyn when their IP address points to the other side of the planet.
Scamalytics also keeps track of the most popular pick-up lines used by online dating scammers.