Just because a dating profile seems too good to be true, it doesn’t mean it necessarily is – OkCupid fake profiles are prevalent today.
There are plenty of attractive, witty people with good jobs looking for love. However, there may be times when something about a specific OkCupid profile makes you wonder if it belongs to a real person.
Other times, a user might have stolen a model’s photos, trying to catfish you. Worse, scammers on OkCupid might attempt to link you to paid sites and trick you out of funds. Sometimes users aren’t real people at all, but internet bots.
Though the following tips cannot guarantee that you find every fake user on the dating site, these guidelines can help.
8 Ways to Spot OkCupid Fake Profiles
Tip #1: One Photo
Sometimes when new users create profiles, they post one photo to start. If you especially like a user’s appearance or profile details, but they only have one photograph, follow up with questions and ask for more photos. If they don’t have more or say they’ll post them and don’t, be very suspicious.
Tip #2: Blank Profile
Assuming daters on OkCupid are looking for matches they have a lot in common with, it is wise to second guess a blank profile. Yes, as with Tip #1, sometimes new users are slow to fill in their profile. If so, you can wait or ask them to follow up questions.
If their profile remains blank or if you’re not interested enough to ask questions, you can assume that an empty profile may belong to a scammer. Why are scammer’s profiles usually blank? This lets the scammer pretend to be whomever they want, to each person, and mimic the user’s interest and needs.
Tip #3: Model Looks
The quintessential fake profile will combine Tips #1-3. It will have one photo, with model looks, and a blank profile. Yes, OkCupid has its share of attractive users just like any other dating site or app. However, if someone’s photos look overly professional or staged, or seem to be out of a magazine, beware!
Catfishers and scammers know that using universally appealing photographs are the easiest lure of potential victims. If you don’t think this person would approach you at a nightclub, beware if they’re doing it online.
Tip #4: Outside Links
Sure, there may be times when a love interest will link you to their social media accounts in the hopes that you add or follow one another, to further your connection. However, if someone you’re communicating with on OkCupid sends you a link to navigate to ANY paid site – mainly gaming, financial, etc., they are almost a guaranteed bot or paid spammer. This is guaranteed to be a phishing link, which is a link that directs you to a fake website so that they can steal your personal, financial, or banking information.
Tip #5: Sexy Profiles
If you’re looking for a ‘good time,’ it’s not our place to judge. However, many profiles (especially those of women) with photos and content strictly geared towards sex, are scams that will link you to paid sex (prostitutes), porn sites, and premium girls. While it is possible that a devastatingly attractive woman wants to meet persons of all body types and statuses, it is very, very unlikely to be a real person.
Tip #6: Chat Bot
A potential date who’s interested will reply to messages and make themselves available for dates. A chatbot ‘acts’ like someone who is interested, but isn’t. You can put a stop to robotic trickery by being aware of how bots work. First, they respond fast, every time.
They always seem to reply immediately, no matter what time you write to them. Next, they don’t speak naturally. Also, they may not sound foreign in their message, or repeat the same phrase or question, talking directly. If they ‘casually’ mention paid goods, sites, or services, know you are speaking to a bot!
Tip #7: Geographically Undesirable
Long-distance relationships are complicated. When looking for dating, fun, and happiness, it would be very unusual for someone who lives a significant distance away to search for matches in your area.
While a max search distance of 30-50 miles might be do-able, anything beyond that is not worth your time and probably indicates a fake profile. Why do fake profiles search out of the area? As it gives them an excuse not to expose their real identity!
Tip #8: Out of the Country
This is hands down the most significant indicator that a foreign scammer or catfish is at play. If you’re asked to wire funds or even if the out of country dater is declaring their love and affection for you, beware. This is 99.999% likely to be a scammer. Usually, even if someone is on a trip, it should be brief. If they claim their stay elsewhere is extended, suggest they message you when they’re back in town!
Using caution can help avoid many of online datings pitfalls on OkCupid and elsewhere. If you have been communicating with a particular user that captivates your interest, but still don’t know if they are a catfish or scammer after our above guide, consider doing a comprehensive Social Catfish reverse search. Social Catfish scours the internet, social media accounts, and more to find matches and connections for specific search criteria.
If you believe you’re communicating with a scammer who you’ve never met in person, immediately stop contact and block their account. If you have been tricked contact OkCupid and report the profile. Also, if money or gifts came into play contact law enforcement and filed a report. The more victims speak up, the fewer dating site scammers will prevail! Optionally, hire an In-Depth Search Specialist to verify the identity of fake profiles on OkCupid.