Thursday, January 8, 2009

How to catch a scammer?!

With many years of experience, I’ve established a routine for catching fraud on my free online dating site. 7 days a week. So far, I have been able to keep fraud levels pretty low and this is what I have learned

  1. Picture of a model.
  2. Headline such as “Looking for a long distance relationship.” Who is LOOKING for a long distance relationship?
  3. Terrible English
  4. Copy/paste email sent to people all over the country
  5. IP address that doesn’t match their registration location. Despite the fact that most foreign countries such as Nigeria and Cote D'Ivoir have already been banned, they still find ways to make it in through anonymous IPs. Well, I have news for you - I am blocking these as well. I am also in the process of writing code to display the IP address of the person in their profile with the respective country.

After the review is done, I delete the bad guys/girls. Delete also removes all email, spam posts, comments and everything related to that person. Users may be a bit frustrated that they’ve been notified that they have mail but log on to find none, but it’s better than being scammed.

Code has been written to say “This account has been deleted.”

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