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Wade’s company compiled a list of the most common characteristics from the 60,000 accounts it’s deleted to help singles spot warning signs.
“Scammers tend to prey on a few things,” Wade said.
“In reality, Native Americans represent less than 2% of our population.” The bogus accounts are more likely to belong to a woman (71%) than a man (29%).
Catholicism is the most common religion among the fake profiles.
Some even make wedding plans before disappearing with the money.
One in ten profiles is fake, according to research from dating website Seeking Arrangement.com, which deletes more than 200 fraudulent accounts every day.
He or she will begin the courtship process by sending letters and love poems for a period of weeks and finally offer to fly to meet their victim.
Within hours of the expected arrival time, an emergency will strike: A work visa has expired, or their aunt/niece/child is sick and they need a few thousand dollars to be wired over so they can finally meet their intended.
“They want you to trust them, and they want sympathy.” That’s why 63% of fake profiles describe themselves as widows, he said. While ethnicity is divided, a whopping 36% of fraudsters describe themselves as Native American — a red flag and likely a misunderstanding on the con artist’s part, Wade said.
“A lot of foreigners don’t understand that Native Americans are Indians,” he explained. They pick Native American because they think that means American.
[Update: the site contacted us to notify us of the precautions they have in place, including a human editor who responds to complaints and reports, and Threat Metrix, a cybercrime prevention software.] “On some dating sites, as many as one out of 10 profiles is a scammer,,” Mark Brooks, editor of Online Personals Watch told Glamour.