These services don’t rely on your given name, but rather scour services for your online aliases.
If you reuse a name or email address, your profile becomes instantly more discoverable.
Authorities say Domingo Spinney, of Milford, used a bogus profile on the dating website Plenty Of Fish to arrange meetings with the women at restaurants last December–but the person the women were expecting never showed up.
Instead, they say Spinney hit on them at the bar when they thought they were being stood up.
Conversely, traditional dating sites require a combination of both. I hear you say, “Well, duh, of course they do.” However, even if you’ve used a clever combination of slightly misleading information to obfuscate your identity, those images can easily be identified.
Services such as Tin Eye, and even a basic Google reverse image search, can reveal exactly where your image crops up. Whether you consider that fickle or not, there are legitimate reasons for keeping an identity secret.
How is the data you provide being used by the dating site?
Do they keep everything under lock and key, or is your information being bundled with thousands of other profiles, and sold to the highest bidder?Keep track of what to share and what to keep under lock and key can be difficult enough without contending with scammers, too.Unfortunately, dating sites — and modern dating apps — are a happy hunting ground for all manner of fraudulent activity.That is not to say it doesn’t happen, because I’m certain it does, and there is more than a little evidence to back this up.For instance, even as I was penning this article, a former special and auxiliary police offer was facing stalking charges directly linked to his use of dating sites.Scamalytics, a company devoted to automatically removing scammers from dating sites (co-founder Dan Winchester was tired of manually removing scam accounts from his own dating sites, and Scamalytics was born), detect “up to 250,000” scam accounts every month.