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.
The guide isn't available for free, in fact, it was being sold for Bitcoins on a deep web marketplace.
Bitcoin is cryptographic currency favoured by criminals as it allows semi-anonymous online transactions.
Business Insider obtained a PDF guide that is sold online for just £2.59.
It details how scammers operate fake dating site profiles in order to con men out of money.
For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.
Vendors also list guides on how to commit other illegal activities.Scammers change names, identities, the photos they steal and use more often than most of us change our underwear.There can be several scammers at any one time using the same name and photo to steal from their victims.The profiles first go through automated screening software, which flags both traits in the profile, such as certain ethnicities, and things that aren't visible in the profile, such as certain IP addresses and even certain passwords that scammers seem to like more than other people.Then a person on staff looks through the flagged profiles and decides whom to ban, Velasquez says.