How to: Recognize Fake Profiles

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    Sep 16, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    It's about a year that I have been using online dating app's and gay dating social networks. I want to talk about my experience with fake profiles on these networks and I would like to know about your experiences.

    At the beginning when I was new to these tools I used to take my online conversations and crushes too serious and emotionally invest in whatever that seemed to be a successful, nice and great-looking guy. Consequently I wasted a lot of time and got emotionally hurt by fake profiles. I hope sharing my experiences here will be useful to guys who are new to these networks and might do the same mistakes that I did.

    1 - Many people lie about their appearance in these websites, they lie about their age, they lie about their height and weight, they lie about their race, and even their gender.

    icon_idea.gifWhat I learned is that you shouldn't trust the text that you read on these networks about one's appearance without any evidence unless you are looking for nothing more than a conversation with an anonymous person.

    2 - Many people use fake pictures in their profiles. Now if it's Brad Pitt, everyone will easily figure that out. But if it is a local actor or athlete's pictures, or just a previous victim's, it's not easy to tell.

    icon_idea.gifWhat I learned about this is to ask for verification of pictures. You can do that by either asking for a short video chat in which you can hear and see the guy or asking the guy to verify his profile. The latter is not possible on every network.

    3- Many people lie about their status. They are married and claim to be single, or they have a huge problem that they lie about or just hide. This one is not exclusive to online networks, people do this in real life too. I have learned that I shouldn't get too excited about someone based on the things that I know, and always remember that there are a lot of things that I don't know about the guy and this helps to take things slow.

    icon_idea.gifWhat might happen is that someone might be online with his full verified identity and all, but not looking for anything in real life. I have learned that I shouldn't emotionally invest in an online relationship that is gonna be online forever. Some people are just gonna be your "imaginary" friends, you can't make them real if they don't want to become real.

    Best wishes
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    Sep 16, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    They only have private photos.
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    Sep 16, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidThey only have private photos.


    And 22 posts.
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    Sep 16, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidThey only have private photos.


    Ariodante said
    jmusmc85 saidThey only have private photos.


    And 22 posts.


    What are you two doing here? Shoo! we're not talking about trolls icon_biggrin.gif


    My profile is gonna be a text-based profile and nobody should look for anything more than a conversation with me here.

    Edit: Having a picture is not mandatory in RJ. Alright?!

    I will hide all the posts by trolls from now on, I suggest everyone else to do the same, they are just breaking the forum.
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    Sep 16, 2012 10:44 PM GMT
    RedwanCh said
    jmusmc85 saidThey only have private photos.


    Ariodante said
    jmusmc85 saidThey only have private photos.


    And 22 posts.


    What are you two doing here? Shoo! we're not talking about trolls icon_biggrin.gif


    My profile is gonna be a text-based profile and nobody should look for anything more than a conversation with me here.


    Why would anyone want anything more from you?
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    Sep 16, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 said
    RedwanCh said
    jmusmc85 said


    My profile is gonna be a text-based profile and nobody should look for anything more than a conversation with me here.


    Why would anyone want anything more from you?


    There is no reason and nobody should.

    You should understand that the forum is not just for fun and you don't have to reply to every topic in the forum.
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    Sep 16, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    My understanding was that every I am obligated to leave a sarcastic remark under every thread....


    MIND BLOWN!!!!!!
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    Sep 16, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    RedwanCh
    My profile is gonna be a text-based profile and nobody should look for anything more than a conversation with me here.


    Serious question: Why do you have photos at all then?
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    Sep 16, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    Ariodante is quite good at exposing the fakes. I think he should have a thread in which we give a profile name and he does some detective work. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 16, 2012 11:45 PM GMT
    Just_Tim said
    RedwanCh
    My profile is gonna be a text-based profile and nobody should look for anything more than a conversation with me here.


    Serious question: Why do you have photos at all then?


    Once I wanted to use this profile to do personal communications. But I decided I use this just for talking about my experiences and reading others' comments. Does this make any difference in the topic?
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    Sep 17, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    unfounded7 saidAriodante is quite good at exposing the fakes. I think he should have a thread in which we give a profile name and he does some detective work. icon_biggrin.gif


    I don't see his posts anymore, I read some of his previous posts and figured out what type he is and pressed the related button icon_wink.gif. Y'all should understand that not everyone is using this forum like you. This is not a topic for fun and trolling. I have posted about a serious issue and if you disagree with what I said you can say that. Nobody asked you and your buddy to verify my profile. Thanks, I am not looking! Why is it so hard for some people to understand this? Is it really so hard for you to have a non-sexual discussion, or just read and think without lusting after the writer?

    You don't need to be a detective to figure out when you should trust a profile and when you shouldn't. My profile is not "fake". I am not asking for your trust or that of anybody else. I don't have a public picture and don't want to have one, simply because I want to share my experiences anonymously.
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    Sep 17, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    unfounded7 saidAriodante is quite good at exposing the fakes. I think he should have a thread in which we give a profile name and he does some detective work. icon_biggrin.gif


    We've yet to discuss my meat-based fee =o
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    Sep 17, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    Sustenance?
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    Sep 17, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    #PotMeetKettle
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    Sep 17, 2012 2:38 AM GMT
    A year????
    Where you been?

    Also...grab their junk as soon as you can; saves on awkwardness later.

    **thought, NO PHOTOS guy couldn't post anymore???
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    Sep 17, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    dustin_K_tx saidA year????
    Where you been?

    Also...grab their junk as soon as you can; saves on awkwardness later.

    **thought, NO PHOTOS guy couldn't post anymore???


    I have been in the closet
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    Sep 17, 2012 9:45 AM GMT
    Ok mate what ever you really havent told us anything new.
    Fakes dont last long around here, they always get found out, or ignored by the majority.

    you can post what you like but its a public forum and hence people are free to post anything they wish as a reply.

    Good luck