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AMS Answers: How to Spot a Scammer

January 5, 2011
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In a follow up to our AMS Answers post, we’d like to discuss the issue of scammers again.  These people are sophisticated scam artists who often specifically target Christian or religious dating sites in an effort to find kind-hearted people who will fall for their scam.  They also often attempt multiple profiles once they are caught once.  They have all the information they need to trick our system into thinking they are a legitimate member.  So while most scammers are caught within 12 hours, they have usually managed to contact quite a few members.

We have added the “report scammer” button so that you can easily notify us if you think you have been contacted by a scammer.  A friendly reminder: if the profile is not available for viewing, it is because we have already caught the scammer and removed them from the site.

However, not all profiles which are unavailable for viewing are scammers!  One of the best parts of AMS is our policy that all members must log in at least once per month.  So an unavailable profile could belong to someone taking a break, in a relationship, etc.

How can you tell if it’s a scammer?  Well, they might be a scammer if:

…They offer their personal e-mail address in their first contact, or ask for yours.
…They say how much they enjoy your photo and how attractive you are …and you don’t even have a profile photo.
…They sign their e-mail with a name which is different from their name on their profile.
…They say they have a high level of education, but their message and profile is riddled with typos and grammatical inaccuracies.
…They ask you to send pictures of yourself in the initial contact.

We hope this helps all of our members feel safe, secure, and smart about how to deal with this issue.

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  1. March 31, 2011 5:23 am

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