This article will attempt to describe what a fake profile is, why they are
created and who creates them.
What is a Fake Dating Profile?
A fake dating profile is a profile created on a dating service that
inaccurately represents the person creating the profile. It is used to mislead
other members of the dating service for varying reasons. Most fake
profiles (75%+) are of woman.
Why are these Fake Dating Profiles created and who creates them?
There are three main types of fake profiles:
- The first one is relatively harmless but the most common. It is created by the average
person quickly just to gain access to the site by using a free trial
membership. They use these memberships to check out what the dating
site has to offer them. The profile usually contain minimal
information and one word answers. This makes them fairly easy to spot
and thus can be avoided. Almost always these profiles are without
photo's. Since they are easy to spot you would think that the dating
sites would remove them rather quickly. This is not always the case,
since they can use these profiles to inflate their numbers of how many
members they have.
- The second fake profile type is probably the hardest to spot. It
again contains bogus information about the member, but the information used
is usually what is most commonly searched for in the dating world.
As an example a male or female under thirty who is trim and good looking.
The picture used is usually of some good looking person probably taken from
another dating sites member profile. This type of fake profile is
created to create more responses from other members. The person wishes to
lead other members on just for the fun of it (don't ask me why?} or to
actually try and get a date hoping that when the person actually see's them
and gets to know them, all lies will be forgiven!
- The last fake profile type is created to indirectly make money for the
profile owner. Half the time, these fake profiles contain actual
photo's of the person along with an exaggerated profile. These
profiles are usually created by escorts or people from porn sites.
They do this, with the idea that you will like this persons photo and
profile so much, that you would willing to pay to see more of them.
These type of profiles are mainly geared towards men and/or people with
certain fetishes. Dating Services don't like these profiles since they
degrade their site and can take potential money from them. Not always
easily to spot at first (some can be blatantly obvious though), these
profile are usually removed when enough members complain about them.
To wrap up...
In the end all dating sites contain the above fake profile types to varying
degrees. It's hard for the dating services to keep up with them since so
many are created (there are automated programs that can actually create them).
With good software filters and manual checking of profiles they can be for the
most part easily flagged as fake and then removed in time.
In my experience and from what I have seen other singles write about, the
below dating sites listed have the least number of fake profiles. They are
listed in no particular order: