Although these countries are well known for scams, scammers nevertheless will be honest in their profile about where they're located because automated screening software looks for discrepancies between stated locations and where people actually sign onto the site.
Shifty jobs Twenty-six percent of scammers say they're engineers, 25 percent say they're royalty and 23 percent say they're self-employed.
(This may be specific to Seeking Arrangement, where most of the wealthy "sugar daddy" users are straight men. "These men and women tug on your heartstrings," Velasquez says.
Doctoral delusion Thirty-seven percent of scam profiles say they have a graduate degree and 54 percent say they have doctorates.
Seeking Arrangement caters to a very specific type of relationship, but the lessons here should apply to other dating sites and even to other aspects of digital life, Leroy Velasquez, a Seeking Arrangement spokesman, tells . It's a really crappy version of what a man or woman would get on a dating profile," he says.
"Because of the fact that we do cater to wealthy demographic, we do get an influx of scammers," he says. Seeking Arrangement got its latest stats from screening new profiles over 10 months.
Saying they're self-employed makes them more difficult to fact-check by searching a corporate website, Velasquez says.
And royalty have money they can send you, if you only give them your bank account information, while engineers may seem smart and thus trustworthy, Velasquez says.
Certain races Although American Indians make up less than 2 percent of the U. population, 36 percent of scam profiles say they're Native.
That widowed Ukrainian engineer you just met on your favorite dating website? Scam dating profiles are more likely to say they are Catholic; from Nigeria, the Ukraine or the Philippines; widowed and have a doctoral degree—among other characteristics, according to new data compiled by the dating website Seeking
Romance scammers tug at the heartstrings or stroke the ego to get dating site users to send them money.
Lovin' God Scammers are mostly Catholic, or at least they say they are.
Eighty-two percent of banned Seeking Arrangement profiles say they're Catholic and religion was the most common trait among fraudulent accounts.