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7 common traits of fake dating site profiles

May 08, 2013|By JoVona Taylor | RedEye

Like everything in life, online dating has its risks. Though getting stood up, scammed or catfished can occur, online dating also presents a chance at finding “the one.”

In order to make the process a bit less risky, online dating website SeekingArrangments.com has devised a list called “The Face of Fraud”  to expose common qualities amongst fake online dating profiles. Here is the list of red flags, according to the site.

1) 82 percent of catfishers use Catholicism as their religion.

2) The relationship status “widowed” accounts for 63 percent of fraud profiles.

3)  An online-dating fraud is more likely to be a woman (71 percent) than a man (29 percent).

4)  Common education levels shown on fake profiles include doctoral degrees at 54 percent and graduate degrees at 37 percent.

5) Most catfishers listed Nigeria (28 percent), Ukraine (23 percent) or Philippines (21 percent) as their location.

6) The common ethnicities used on fake accounts are Native American (36 percent), mixed (19 percent) and other (17 percent).

7) Three typical occupations of fake online daters are: engineer (26 percent), royalty (25 percent) and self-employed (23 percent).

So, if your online love interest is a widowed, Catholic, Native American female from Nigeria with a doctorate in engineering, you should be worried.

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