How can you tell if an account is fake or not?

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    Jun 24, 2014 3:35 PM GMT
    What are the signs you've noticed? Any good ways to know for sure that person is real?
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    Jun 24, 2014 6:04 PM GMT
    They send a photo of themselves holding a wooden spoon or whatever other ridiculous thing you ask them to do. Although, they will have to really like you to be bothered with that sort of thing icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 24, 2014 6:50 PM GMT
    Ohno saidThey send a photo of themselves holding a wooden spoon or whatever other ridiculous thing you ask them to do. Although, they will have to really like you to be bothered with that sort of thing icon_biggrin.gif


    lol
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    Jun 25, 2014 2:21 AM GMT
    Picture resolution is terrible? FAKE.
    Overly Eager and out of your Range (a 10 is BEGGING for your attention)? FAKE.
    Refuses to share multiple pictures when asked? FAKE.
    Pictures are actually Your pictures repurposed? FAKE.

    I generally urge people to move to phone very early on if there's a clear mutual interest and they can hold a conversation.

    Dicey flakey bullshit and excuses are generally very transparent...

    Never, to this day, met anyone in person who has misrepresented himself - nor wasted much more than 2-3 minutes with someone who didn't exist at all.

    Just keep your eyes open. It's not Rocket Surgery.

    It seems to me the ones complaining of all the fake profiles are pretty desperate in the first place, therefore more likely to ignore clear signs, or be overly hopeful and dismissive.
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    Jun 25, 2014 2:23 AM GMT
    Disclosure saidusually the guy is hot
    = you're a real account


    Wow.

    wow wow wow.

    Don't be a fag, man.
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    Jun 25, 2014 2:35 AM GMT


    *CLAP CLAP*
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    Jun 25, 2014 2:58 AM GMT
    Overtly cocky profile text or picture captions. Almost always stolen pics of bodybuilders or wrestler types.

    "Ohh, look at my huge muscles!"
    "Watch me flex."
    "It's hard work being a huge bodybuilder."

    *puke*

    Instant giveaway: A screenshot from a smartphone. LOL. I refuse to believe that someone who owns a smartphone knows how to take screenshot, but doesn't know how to take a selfie with a mirror.
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    Jun 25, 2014 3:10 AM GMT
    Profiles that look like this.
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    Jun 25, 2014 3:12 AM GMT
    Neight saidProfiles that look like this.


    Clever ;D
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    Jun 25, 2014 3:14 AM GMT
    kevex saidWhat are the signs you've noticed? Any good ways to know for sure that person is real?

    A fake account often uses stolen pictures, or no pic. Like one Right Wing troll we have right now, who's using the image of the late River Phoenix. Those are easy to detect.

    Less easy is recognizing who's not fake. Length of RJ membership is an aid. One thing I do is meet RJ members in person when I can, and speak with them on the phone. Then they know I'm not a fake, and I know that they're not. There's about a dozen active guys here that fall into that category with me. I can vouch for them, and they for me.

    Other signs of sock accounts are guys who have unique (and usually deplorable) writing styles. We have one member from Australia who's reappeared with at least a half dozen different screen names over the years, but he's always outed because of his easily recognizable bad grammar & spelling. And harping on the same loony topics. He denies his true identity for a while, then finally stops lying.

    We have a few others here like him not confined to Australia. You really have to wonder what their motivation on this site is. But they're usually soon exposed.
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    Jun 25, 2014 3:38 AM GMT
    Neight saidProfiles that look like this.


    You sneaky man! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jun 25, 2014 6:39 AM GMT
    Oh yeah, and let's not forget about profiles of closely cropped/zoomed body parts. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 25, 2014 6:47 AM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier said
    Neight saidProfiles that look like this.


    Clever ;D


    lol someone knows the truth here!!!
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    Jun 25, 2014 3:04 PM GMT
    kevex saidAny good ways to know for sure that person is real?
    They don't deflate when you stick them with a knife.
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    Jun 25, 2014 3:09 PM GMT
    The repeat offenders on RJ (mostly from our dear conservative rump) are pretty easy to spot, as they invariably revert to type by bitching about the same things and the same people. They are comically inept at covering their tracks.
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    Jun 25, 2014 3:20 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidThe repeat offenders on RJ (mostly from our dear conservative rump) are pretty easy to spot, as they invariably revert to type by bitching about the same things and the same people. They are comically inept at covering their tracks.

    I used to have a conservative rump, but then I learned to be less selfish and to share it around more liberally for others to enjoy.
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    Jun 25, 2014 3:22 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Ex_Mil8 saidThe repeat offenders on RJ (mostly from our dear conservative rump) are pretty easy to spot, as they invariably revert to type by bitching about the same things and the same people. They are comically inept at covering their tracks.

    I used to have a conservative rump, but then I learned to be less selfish and to share it around more liberally for others to enjoy.


    "our dear conservative rump" (I know that wasn't your comment, Bob)

    Not so fast. You have one of your own that is fully competitive with anything and everything that SB has ever done.
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    Jun 25, 2014 5:59 PM GMT
    Disclosure saidusually the guy is hot
    = you're a real account


    So your account is definitely fake.
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    Jun 25, 2014 7:41 PM GMT
    Sweetooth said
    Disclosure saidusually the guy is hot
    = you're a real account


    So your account is definitely fake.




    +1 lol
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    Jun 25, 2014 7:52 PM GMT
    Neight saidProfiles that look like this.


    I'm verified asswipe icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 25, 2014 8:01 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said

    Not so fast. You have one of your own that is fully competitive with anything and everything that SB has ever done.


    Given that RJ has about an 80% liberal membership, compared with a 5% conservative membership, conservative socks are definitely over-represented. I think we all know it isn't just SB either (though his name has become the shorthand for any conservative sock account on here).
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 25, 2014 8:07 PM GMT
    You can never be totally sure, just look for suspicious items and the more there are you`ve probably had the misfortune to meet one.

    One thing to look for are minimal profiles where many basic items are absent.

    As posted above, strange or grammatically incorrect writing styles are another sign. There`s also the profile with huge amounts of text setting out the guy`s life/experiences/views in almost painful detail.
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    Jun 25, 2014 9:19 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 said"Samintown" is a fraud. Stolen photos. Newest fake profile. He's had dozens of names preceding this one. He started with TropicalMark. He's the stalker, muckraker and mentally ill guy who used to claim to be a pilot to the movie stars. In truth, he is just an unemployed, troubled soul who should be given the full attention he deserves. I won't post the pic he is now using. It isn't his pic anyway. You won't recognize him. Each of the more than two dozen times he comes back, he uses different ages, weights, towns, etc. What's true about him is the time he admitted to being on disability, with HIV, and with severe mental health issues. They'll ban him again, and after a little time off, he'll be right back - starting trouble - posting his bile - until they ban him again. Wouldn't you think if you'd be booted out of a party, or off of a website - that you'd get the hint and just skulk away?


    So you've said. About 50 times this week alone. We get the message. You don't have to repeat yourself ad nauseum. The way you've been spamming the forums with the same rant, I can see you getting booted before him.
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    Jun 25, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    ^^^^^Well, my fellow Brit "EX-MIL"- you have no idea what it is like having Mark E. (Determinate is his present name, and dozens of others - all banned one at a time) stalk you. You've no idea how many people this sick guy has contacted trying to get my address. My s.o. and I aren't interested in having him at our front door. If you're a sympathizer of his, go help him. Get him to a mental health clinic, instead of running your mouth here. If I want to speak out about this two year problem, I'll do it, and Mgmt. will back me up and ban the guy each and every single time he returns. Thank you for your contribution though.

    By the way, aren't you the clown who constantly threatens to block numbers of people? How about blocking me, please. That way you'll never but into one of my posts again and make a fool of yourself.
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    Jun 25, 2014 9:34 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 said^^^^^Well, my fellow Brit "EX-MIL"- you have no idea what it is like having Mark E. (Samintown, TropicalMark and dozens of other names) stalk you. You've no idea how many people this sick guy has contacted trying to get my address. My s.o. and I aren't interested in having him at our front door. If you're a sympathizer of his, go help him. Get him to a mental health clinic, instead of running your mouth here. If I want to speak out about this two year problem, I'll do it, and Mgmt. will back me up and ban the guy each and every single time he returns. Thank you for your contribution though.


    My pleasure. I have no intention of joining in your or his fight. The 'Block him' and 'Ignore his posts' buttons are your friends. And mine. Goodbye.