Over a period of one year, they identified more than 500,000 accounts used by cybercriminals to connect with vulnerable users and extort them money.
Our research on online dating scams will be presented at the Conference on Detection of Intrusions and Malware and Vulnerability Assessment (DIMVA) that will be held in Milan in July.
Dr Gianluca Stringhini recently presented his research on online dating scams at the International Conference on Intrusions and Malware and Vulnerability Assessment.
Look upon any dating profile as simply another system you can employ in your dating life to automatically send high quality and pre-screened prospects your way. However, the more powerful answer is this: if you wait for the women who like you to contact you first, it puts you in the position of being pursued. However, he’s always got room for one more good one 😉 When your profile is worded properly, it will cause women who are reading it to say to themselves… ” and then be compelled to write you a response in hopes that you will reply and maybe go out with them. Besides, most beautiful women are absolutely inundated with emails upon signing up for a dating site. I was the only one she actually went out with (of course). bombarding all the new beautiful women who sign up for online dating with countless emails. The idea is to be brief, mysterious (cats are curious-just give them a little taste), confident and talk as if you are a catch without bragging.
I personally have found it to be an inefficient waste of time to write women. When you compare how many high quality matches you get with a good online dating profile that causes women to contact you first, versus writing every woman you find attractive to elicit a response from the ones that like you too… One gorgeous Russian I met thru told me she got over 150 emails in the first 24 hours after her profile went live. So if you want to spend your time emailing the hot ones, you know what you’re up against. I really feel sorry for women trying to navigate the online dating world. using a precision instrument to nail (pun intended) your target. After I first published this article one of my clients emailed this question: If you notice in my profile below, I talk about a lot of general things I like to do.
For example, we show that swindlers usually pose as widowed mid-aged men and target widowed women.
We then analyze the modus operandi of scam accounts, showing that specific types of scam accounts have a higher chance of getting the attention of their victims and receiving replies than regular users.
Third, online dating scams have a strong human component, which differentiates them heavily from traditional malicious activity on online services such as spam, phishing, or malware.
We identified three types of scams happening on Jiayuan.Finally, we show that the activity performed on the site by scammers is mostly manual, and that the use of infected computers and botnet to spread content – which is prominent on other online services – is minimal.We believe that the observations provided in this paper will shed some light on a so far understudied problem in the field of computer security, and will help researchers in developing systems that can automatically detect such scam accounts and block them before they have a chance to reach their victims. Update (2015-05-15): There is press coverage of this paper in Schneier on Security and Buzz Feed.As a second differentiator, online dating users tend to use the site only for the first contact, and move to other media (text messages, instant messaging) after that.Although that is fine for regular use, it makes it more difficult to track scammers, because the online dating site loses visibility of the messages exchanged between users after they have left the site.The first one involves advertising of escort services or illicit goods, and is very similar to traditional spam.