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Their money, credit card, and ID has been lost or stolen and they have been arrested and need to pay a lawyer so they will be allowed to leave the country.

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To protect consumers, sites like are being set up for volunteers to post details of the counterfeit dating profiles they come across.Christine Davis, a design student who was duped by a fake profile, set up this particular site and wants to support others who have been targeted.To identify rogue behavior, the algorithm factors in the user’s login location, IP address, profile photo, and behavior patterns.Additionally, the system can detect “bots,” often operated by organized crime gangs, which create profiles and engage real members in automated scripted conversations designed to elicit payment.Scammer may exchange emails with you for days or much longer, you may talk on the phone, until the two of you decide to meet.

The scammer cannot afford it, but offers to drive to meet you (or take a plane or bus), and requests money to help pay for this.

Davis calls it the “Nigerian advance fee scam,” as it is thought that the majority of spammers are based in Western Africa.

Most dating sites are full of them, and many sites don't bother to get rid of scammers - because scammers look good...

The lesson here is that online dating startups will need to step up their game to keep consumers safe.

“In the war against online dating scams and security threats, we’ve chosen to do whatever is necessary to always be a few steps ahead of scammers, and not the other way around – which is usually too late for our users,” said Cupid.com’s CEO, Bill Dobbie.

“This decision has its high price tag, but the alternative can be much costlier,” he continued.