"They try to be a different race, something other than the usual, because it sounds more exotic," Velasquez says. Other common countries of origin are the Ukraine (23 percent) and the Philippines (21 percent).
Although these countries are well known for scams, scammers nevertheless will be honest in their profile about where they're located because automated screening software looks for discrepancies between stated locations and where people actually sign onto the site.
Velasquez thinks this helps them seem more moral and trustworthy.
Apparently it is easier for scammers to work their magic long-distance, where it is more challenging for them to get caught. While scams are often local, many come from abroad."Dating sites (usually) take their members' safety issues very seriously and make it easy for you to report any suspicious profiles or serious problems right away.Some sites even offer the member an option to sign up for a background check." Here are her top tips: • Do a Google search for your date's name. • Use Google Voice and create a phone number exclusive to dating. • If you're uncomfortable on a date for any reason, just get up and walk out. The online daters I spoke to voiced mixed feelings about their experiences.Shifty jobs Twenty-six percent of scammers say they're engineers, 25 percent say they're royalty and 23 percent say they're self-employed.Saying they're self-employed makes them more difficult to fact-check by searching a corporate website, Velasquez says.