Spotting Romance Scammers

BE ATTENTION that you may be suffering a romance scam if someone on the dating websites asked for financial assistance to help him/her out of a difficulty! Based on a report from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), there are more than 5,663 victims who lost money around $50,399,563.16 in 2011, 63.22% of them are online daters age from 40-60 and approximately 68 percent of the loss from the 50+ group, so older singles are more like to believe narratives used by the romance scammers. Romance scam statistics of 2011 as follows:

Romance Scam Statistics 2011

Top 10 Ways to Spot a Romance Scammer

Romance scammers are on dating websites, always create a profile with fake beautiful pictures and use narratives to ask for money from the victims. Our top 10 ways will help you to spot the romance scammers on the STD/herpes dating sites easily.

#1 Good Looking

Picture is a good way to know the person is a serious dater or scammer. Spending few minutes to view the profile pictures carefully, most scammers’ photos have some common features:

  • 1. Picture looks like to be professionally taken;
  • 2. Too beautiful/handsome to believe;
  • 3. “Abnormal” poses or expressions.

Typical Pictures of a Scammer:

Typical Pictures of Scammer

#2 Engineer and Model

Be caution when your match at the online dating websites is an engineer or a model. In usual, the engineers have a high income, and the models are good looking. Scammers always fake themselves as engineer/model so that they can be more attractive to other people. In this way, they can make a connection with the victims quickly.

#3 Poor English

Online scammers usually come from the countries whose first language is not English, so he/she is more likely to be a scammer if there are some grammar and spelling mistakes in the profile or emails. Be more careful if you find that he/she uses “i” instead of “I”, since it is a common mistake that the scammers have made.

#4 Profile Pictures

Some scammers can be easily spotted by the profile photo at the first sight, since they always use pictures of models, porn stars, soldiers and more. However, other wiser scammers fake themselves by using normal photos to make their profiles more real. In this case, we can search the photos and get results from Google, there are two results that we can confirm they’re definitely scammers:

  • Results show the photos owned by another people;
  • It is a scam profile confirmed by websites like ScamWarners, RomanceScam, ScamDigger and more.

Typical Results of Scammer:

Typical Results of Scammer

How to Use Google to Search by an Exist Photo?

1. Go to images.google.com, and click the icon of camera;

Search by Image

2. Past the image url or upload the image to search by photo on Google.

Choose an Image

#5 High Income

I’m not telling you that all the millionaires on the dating websites are scammers, but if he/she has mostly features of a scammer and with a high income at the same time, please stay away from him/her to protect yourself!

#6 Ask for Money

It would be a romance scam no matter what kind of reasons she/he may has to ask for money from you. Think twice before you send dollars to him/her and ask yourself “Why should I send the money?”

#7 Profile Description

As many scammers are not good at English and busy “making” money, so they always use the same/similar profile description. It’s easy for us to spot a scammer by search his/her profile description on Google search as follows:

Search Profile Description

#8 Search Phone Number on WhitePages

Got a phone number form him/her? Search it on WhitePages.com, and you will know whether the phone location matches the profile location or not.

#9 Emails

Feeling like that the email you received is suspect? Try Google search, you will know whether it is sent by scammer or not.

#10 No preference for Type of STDs or Distance

Many STD dating websites, like Positive Singles, will quest users to choose the type of STDs they are living with. To be a serious dater, people will choose the type of STDs they have as it is very important for a positive single. However, the scammers are so busy scamming from other people that they always forget to complete some important information like “type of STDs” or “distance between matches”.


This post mainly target on how to spot the romance scam by the information from a dating profile, there are also more articles for you to keep yourself from the online dating scammers in some other ways: