Once the software finishes with the profile, it assigns a rating to the profile.
Those profiles flagged as possible fakes are then sent to a human operator for the next steps in the process.
We use custom software, continually enhanced through years of identifying fake profiles, that is able to identify many of the obvious indicators that someone has entered a bogus online profile.
The methods we use to detect fakes are both manually done and using automated software tools.
Mostly, we use common sense methods that you can use yourself to spot suspect profiles.
It next looks up the IP addresses and email addresse in a list of known scammers.
Lastly, it looks for fields that are filled in with silly or repeated information.
That is why we have made public our database of fake profiles and scammers.
Scammers are usually lazy and when they need to post a profile to gain access to an online dating site, they'll just copy and paste an ad from another dating Website.
Through both manual and automatic detection methods, we actively scan each new profile and if it seems fishy, we ban it and post it here.
Since no dating blacklist system is perfect, we do miss some of the fake profiles that are posted.
We can also see if the person used a proxy service to hide his/her location.
These are always suspect profiles and require a closer look.
If the software hasn't already identified the IP Address of the new profile as one that is often trouble, the operator may perform additional look-ups.