If you've used a dating site or app like Ok Cupid or Tinder, you'll have noticed the hundreds of fake profiles that exist on the sites, seemingly designed to make you hand over your profile to scammers.Dating sites are, thankfully, getting better at spotting who is using their service to send thousands of spam messages.So how do you know if someone is trying to scam you?
The author claims that someone who operates the scam can earn up to ,000 (£9,700) every month if they operate the dating scam full-time.
Here's the overview of Adhrann's scamming guide: Adhrann advises people following his guide to take care in the way they set up their dating site profile.
The documents are often sold for small amounts of money, but the price barrier, the need to pay with Bitcoin, and the fact that they're only available on the deep web prevents the guides from being circulated widely.
The document, titled Adhrann's Updated Dating Scam 2014, lays out a method for creating fake dating site profiles, ensnaring men in conversation, and then pressuring them to send money.
It's called the "cashing out" stage, and it's where scammers start to ask for money.
Up until now, scammers were instructed to turn down any requests for a Skype call, but if the target insists, then they should ask him to pay for a webcam.Scammers are told to use a female partner for the video call part of the process, but there are guidelines on what they should look like: If a scammer is successful here, and managed to con the target out of money for a webcam, or other small amounts, then they may attempt the riskiest part of the process, known as the "pause." Scammers are instructed to stage an altercation over webcam, and then cease contact.After a week, scammers are told to call the target and claim that their "husband/father/pimp/whoever" got "drunk/high/whatever" and attacked them.This screenshot shows a user of a hacker forum being advised that a quick way to find sets of photos is to automatically download them from Facebook: Even before a scammer messages you, you can spot they're fake by checking their photos.Performing a Google image search for an account's profile picture will show you where on the internet the image appears — sometimes you'll see it attached to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts with various different names.Then they will ask the target for thousands of dollars in order to run away and escape forever.