Saying they're self-employed makes them more difficult to fact-check by searching a corporate website, Velasquez says.
Seeking Arrangement has banned 60,000 profiles in the last 10 months, or about 220 a day.
Here's what they've found are the ingredients in the typical scam profile.
But online dates have the advantage of hiding behind a computer, making them seem a whole lot “dreamier” than they really are.
An unpleasant surprise can often feel like — or be — a scam. If something sounds wrong — like a lawyer who says he’s 35 years old but has 25 years of professional experience — start asking questions.
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.
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.
If you’re concerned about the person’s age ask him/her to send a recent photo.
(Realize, of course, that the “recent” picture they send may not truly be recent — or it may not even be a picture of your “date.”) Also, protect yourself from people who might be emotionally unstable.
Here are the four most common dating scams and what you can do to avoid them.