Within hours of the expected arrival time, an emergency will strike: A work visa has expired, or their aunt/niece/child is sick and they need a few thousand dollars to be wired over so they can finally meet their intended.
“In the war against online dating scams and security threats, we’ve chosen to do whatever is necessary to always be a few steps ahead of scammers, and not the other way around – which is usually too late for our users,” said Cupid.com’s CEO, Bill Dobbie.
“This decision has its high price tag, but the alternative can be much costlier,” he continued.
For this reason, Cupid.com, the online dating network behind and Black Match.com, announced a partnership this month with Rec Sys Ltd, an anti-scammer technology. With the new system, any individual identified as a scammer is added to the master database, which other online dating companies can access.
Davis calls it the “Nigerian advance fee scam,” as it is thought that the majority of spammers are based in Western Africa.
Although some of these scams are certainly predictable, others are less so (especially the third and fourth scams).