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Bad Match - Part Two: Fraudsters vs. Real Women Death Match(.com)

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Over the past six months, I've watched the quality of performance and profiles degrade, and had concluded that online dating site Match.com has jumped the shark. And then, the scammers began appearing in droves.

To understand why Match.com is in danger, see Bad Match, a review of technical problems and poor design. With so many underlying weaknesses, it's difficult to imagine how Match.com can survive the onslaught of potentially criminal activity.

For more examples of the fraud culture at Match.com, see Bad Match - Part Three: Spam, Scam, Thank you Ma'am!. You have to wonder: since Match.com won't stop this, is it possible they want people to do this?

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2009-08-27  

The March to the Bottom Continues

Here's a real literary treasure from a current profile on Match:

Hello! I am free woman, I came on this site to try meet that with whom I can to divide life, and in future I shall be happy together with it. I earlier never used such way of dating, but I heard that it is good way to meet partner for attitudes, and I hope what exactly this site I will help me meet that only thing with whom can to divide the life.

I, too, chose Match.com hoping to meet, "that only thing with whom can to divide the life."

Next Door Nikki

The party doesn't stop there. Here's a creative use of four stolen photographs of good ol' Next Door Nikki (you don't seriously think I'm going to find your porn for you, do you?), who now wanders the web under the name Lianne Givens.

Next Door Nikki

All four were added mid-day, 2009-08-27. They appeared in relatively rapid succession. I can judge only by the speed at which other new profiles typically appear, but all four seemed to arrive within two hours.

Next Door Nikki

Nikki's clone -- her puppetmaster, the scammer -- tries not to be too obvious. Candy is in New York; TameLove in Alberta; CuteJoan in Santa Clara; and Fellso in Arkansas. They're all within one year of being 31 years old, but they switch it up a bit. None are very picky -- in fact, two of them want to meet men between 30 and 100 years of age, while Candy is turned on by men between 45 and 121 years old. Yes. She's thinking of dating the oldest man in the world.

Next Door Nikki
2009-09-09  

Even Scammers Get Lazy

Lazy scammers at Match.com

RIGHT:These two profiles were created immediately after one another, on 2009-09-09. Note location name matching screenname; photos of the same model, stolen from the same photoshoot; and identical ages, seeking range, and profile text.

The fraudsters have begun to compress their work into shorter periods. In mid-July, a page of ten profiles would always have one or two legitimate users in the mix. By mid-August that is often not the case. Perhaps there are shifts, during which the scammers do a flurry of data entry. More consecutive legitimate profiles appear (while the felons are out for a snack), then bogus members explode again.

Lazy scammers at Match.com

LEFT: Also immediately consecutive on 2009-09-09. Still photos of the same model, stolen from the same photoshoot, but otherwise they mixed it up a little. At least she moves the sunglasses around.

If anyone at Match does care [yawn] you should be adding points for all the screenname roots you see here: lonely, girl, doll, baby... Two of those together? That's a scammer. (Shoot... I promised not to teach 'em how to get over...) OK, let's use pig latin SQL: elete-day from embers-may where rofile_text-pay ~* 'the lonely girl' ;) Honest to God, there is NO legitimate profile in your database containing this string. Duh.

Lazy scammers at Match.com

RIGHT:Three more utter frauds, added consecutively on 2009-09-09. (How long until somebody names Match.com in a lawsuit over this?) This particular schmuck is less lazy, but... c'mon. If your spam catching methodology won't recognize these blatant identity thieves, call me and I'll help you start over.

For more examples of the fraud culture at Match.com, see Bad Match - Part Three: Spam, Scam, Thank you Ma'am!. You have to wonder: since Match.com won't stop this, is it possible they want people to do this?

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