Do Dating Sites Use Fake Profiles
von VladWhite · 21.07.2017
So, what better way for a website to put the proverbial thumb on the scales to convince you to use their service than by creating fake profiles and sending fake messages? Unfortunately for consumers, sites have become very savvy about this business practice. Learning from earlier mistakes made by sites who engaged in such trickery, many dating sites are now incorporating into their terms of service that they are entitled to create fake profiles.
The sites justify this practice as a means of enhancing the experience, encouraging interaction, and monitoring compliance by members with the terms of service of the site. Of course, since most users never actually read the terms of service, this policy slides by unnoticed by millions who sign up, pay their fees, and then wonder why they are suddenly less popular than when they were a free member and can never seem to get someone to actually agree to a date.
While this policy is probably legal under a contract theory though it does border on intentional misrepresentation , the federal government has taken notice. The Federal Trace Commission FTC monitors online advertising. It has, in recent years, taken issue with the proliferation of false claims on the internet and has begun pursuing administrative and legal action against those who engage in such practices. Many legal analysts predict dating sites that use fake members may be next on their agenda, and there is precedent to explain why.
Popular dating site Match. When and how the FTC may pursue these sites remains unclear. As always, the best policy is to follow one's instincts and common sense. Presumably, in many cases, it is about money. Catfishers use fake profiles to lure vulnerable women into falling in love and transferring cash to them, ostensibly to facilitate a meeting.
It seems that these men are online purely for the thrill of interacting with people using a disguise. Still leaning against the same wall though. Fake pictures and dating sites offer them a chance to interact with females they find attractive, who may never talk to them in real life. And I imagine the scammers are excited by the deception of it, and excited to be fooling people.
They remind me a lot of myself as a teen when I used to make prank phone calls. It was such a thrill! Still, as harmless as many of these dating catfishers are, it is a colossal waste of time to be chatting to them. And online dating is hard enough as it is without worrying that you are chatting to a chipmunk using a Getty Image. HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF FROM DATING FRAUDS? Well, Google Image Search is your friend. This is a tool that allows you to feed an image into your search engine, and be shown where on the internet that image is found.
If it is only found on your dating site, chances are you are pretty safe. At the very least, check out the pictures of people who are improbably good looking, or whose photos look perfectly staged. A middle-aged woman is unlikely to be approached by a stunning year-old brain surgeon; a year-old man is unlikely to be approached by a busty year-old. Most of all, listen to your gut. If you have your doubts, ask questions. Ask for surnames, workplace details, or a spontaneous selfie.