Business Insider obtained a PDF guide that details how scammers operate fake dating site profiles in order to con men out of money.
The guide isn’t available for free, in fact, it was being sold for Bitcoins on a deep web marketplace.
Potential scammers are also advised to use virtual private networks and proxy services, both of which can help hide the scammer’s real IP address and location in case law enforcement get involved.
So how do you know if someone is trying to scam you?
Vendors also list guides on how to commit other illegal activities.
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.
That’s a sure sign that the account is fake, as the photo must have been circulating on the internet.
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.
They should have a burner phone, he says (a disposable phone that can be used for temporary tasks and then discarded).
Well, first of all, Adhrann suggests that readers look for certain types of men: “40-60, technical or financial formation (IT, analyst, accountant, consultant, engineer, etc); lonely, or still living with parents, poor social/conversational skills, shy, a bit weird, nerd type, etc.” So if that sounds like you, stay alert.
Another way to spot whether an account is fake is the selection of photos that it uses.