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How to Tell If POF Profile Is Fake

How to Tell If POF Profile Is Fake

Do you want to get back into the dating game after a shorter or extended break? Nowadays, that is easy thanks to the numerous dating services and websites. One top-rated service is Plenty of Fish or POF for short.

There is a flaw with POF, as with most other dating services. Some of the profiles are fake. If you want to learn how to tell if the POF profile is fake, keep reading. You will learn about different methods for figuring out such profiles, why people do it, and how to stay away from them.

Why Do People Make Fake POF Profiles?

You are not the only one wondering why some people decide to make fake dating profiles on various sites, including POF. There are several reasons, but the most prominent ones are low self-esteem, wanting to scam people, as well as sheer boredom.

People with low self-esteem are everywhere, and if that’s the reason why they are faking, you can at least try to understand them. They are not evil scamming liars who try to steal your money. That kind of fake profiles is the worst and the most dangerous.

Scammers are running rampant on all dating services, and there is no exception or safe place. However, they usually aren’t too bright, and you can see them from a mile away. We’ll discuss them in more detail later.

Bored people are slightly more malicious than the lonely ones. They are toying with people’s feelings, and there is no excuse for that. The thing they are doing is called catfishing, and they are often messing with people using hot profile pics, and claiming to be somebody else.

On rare occasions, there are also jealous significant others, stalkers, and internet trolls. You should report all sorts of fake profiles if you happen to get in touch with them on POF.

Tell if POF Profile is Fake

The Best Way to Avoid Fake POF Profiles

There are specific measures you can take to stay safe from fake POF profiles. If you can, don’t communicate with them at all. As soon as they send you outgoing links, or try to move the conversation away from the POF platform, disengage from communication.

Scammers would often try to lure you into clicking on shady links containing malware or selling you some products. Only move to other platforms when you know that you can believe the person. There’s no telling when to trust a person on a dating site, but use POF for at least two weeks before moving the talk somewhere else.

Don’t worry because scammers don’t like meeting in person. They always come up with some excuses, even if they claim that they live near you. That’s also a smart way of testing a scammer, ask them out and see what they say. You don’t need to go through with it. We advise not even considering it.

Become a Dating Site Sleuth

This list could be very long, so let’s list the most common tells of fake POF profiles. Here are the steps you can take to determine how genuine a profile on POF is.

  1. Their profile looks out of the ordinary, with over the top pictures or About Me sections. Sometimes the images are out of place, showing cleavage or their swimsuit. These are undoubtedly fake profiles unless they have more than a few pics, and some of them are tasteful.
  2. The about me pages of fake profiles are usually short and monotonous. If it seems robotic to you, it is likely a fake profile. Look for profiles with longer descriptions and proper use of grammar if you want to stay safe.
  3. Besides the short about me page, fake users also have only one or two pictures on their profile. When a profile seems too effortless, it is most likely fake.
  4. They will try to convince you to use other means of communication. Never say yes to that if you’ve only met the person. These are often automated messages. Ask them something particular if you want to see if you’re chatting with a bot or a human being. Always keep a keen eye on the grammar, as it can help you notice a fake profile.
  5. Take into account their profile picture, description, and who they are claiming to be. If the person looks a lot younger than they say they are, the profile is probably fake. Most scammers pretend to be attractive women, please don’t fall for that like a typical lonely guy.

Reverse Search Their Picture

If you are talking to a hot stranger on POF, always consider searching up their image on Google. It’s easy, follow the steps:

  1. Right-click the suspect’s picture on POF. Select Copy Image Address (or URL).
  2. Open Google image search.
  3. Click on the camera icon next to the search bar (Search by Image).
  4. Paste the image address you copied in step 1.
  5. Click on Search by Image.
  6. If you get many results of the same photo model (they probably took a celebrity, model, or stock image photo online), you can safely assume this POF profile is fake. Often, these scammers use the same picture on more than one dating website.

That’s a very reliable way of recognizing scammers on POF or any other dating service. Don’t forget to image-search a sketchy profile when unsure of its authenticity.


Don’t Get Catfished

With the advice you got here, it will be nearly impossible to get scammed on POF or any other dating website. Always report a profile if you notice that it is fake so that admins can remove it from the platform.

If an image is unrealistic, consider an image search for this person. In case they sound funny or odd, ask for specific details or ignore them altogether.

Has anyone tried to scam you on POF or any other dating platform? Do you know of any other way to spot a fake profile? Let us know in the comments section below.

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12 thoughts on “How to Tell If POF Profile Is Fake”

coco says:
I joined POF two days ago, and it was pure comedy so far. There is no way I am going to find a serious relationship here, but it was good entertainment. There is an impressive number of doctors/widowers/ part time poets, who want to marry you right away. I got this guy who told me he would pay all my bills. Right after he said hello. There is also the military men, oil drillers, and these poor guys looking for their queen who waits for them to come back from Syria. I feel bad for all the people who fall for these ridiculous scams, and simply cannot understand how. It took me 10 min to figure out fake patterns. Do you really want to be with somebody who tells you they would like to pet you? Or cover you in rose petals? Or tell you you are the most gorgeous person they’ve ever seen? Or propose before they ever met you, and tell you they cannot live without you?
Gary K says:
Some of them don’t even know the name of the city they live in. They tell you what State but oftentimes they give you a city name that is not even in the State they said.
Francine says:
I was scam he started by calling me dear then a business trip then he needed money for hid iPad because he couldn’t get his money because he was out state , Then it was one kept telling he wanted to live with me we had never met , Then he wanted me pay for phone , yes I had my cup full with dating app They so fake and your money is wasting , And most of time the men aren’t real , Just a game
Emily says:
They also say their children are living with their parents and that they do live by you but are stationed overseas. They tell you they are moving back in the area within a month or so and it’s a perfect way to get to know one another.
Riiley says:
I recently got scammed by someone who contacted me first. We chatted on plenty of fish then he wanted to use whats app. He loved bombed with long, copied phrases, sent many pics, at least 10, of a UK soldier, although “he” claimed to be a combat medic in the U.S. Army stationed in Beirut. He also posted horrific images of injured soldiers.
POF did nothing to resolve my complaint. He insisted he had to call me and needed money for an encrypted call. Lies, many many lies.
ON the last chat, a few minutes later I got three calls, and hung up. He claimed to be from Yonkers, NY and was widowed, had 2 kids in boarding school. Same old story. I contacted a digital forensic co., but they ask very high fees. Google image is not very good. I deleted whats app, but reporting it to the U.K. police fraud site. Bear in mind, that these are stolen photos, stolen valor for gain and an infringement of copyright. Identity theft is also a felony.
Noone says:
I am not a scammer, but I get asked “are you real?” a lot. I think that is a scammer move. Am I right?
JB says:
No i think that is from someone genuine who has previously fallen victim to a scammer and is frightened of being scammed again, and thats why they are asking that question.
Hot choc says:
They’re so loving and always know how to respond to women. Theyre always in the sea drilling oil and they need a woman to write a letter to ask for leave. The leave requires a fee that you should pay as they can not access their funds. They have no relatives or friends. Parents died im a car accident. Yes child is with nanny cause wife was caught cheating and left me.

They are in love with you within 2 days and want to marry you. Won’t send you selfie or video call cause they’re not allowed in the rig.

Hotchoc says:
They’re so loving and always know how to respond to women. Theyre always in the sea drilling oil and they need a woman to write a letter to ask for leave. The leave requires a fee that you should pay as they can not access their funds. They have no relatives or friends. Parents died im a car accident. Yes child is with nanny cause wife was caught cheating and left me.

They are in love with you within 2 days and want to marry you. Won’t send you selfie or video call cause they’re not allowed in the rig.

Lori says:
It’s true I was scammed by a “doctors for borders” they are always widowed and he said he had a nanny for his kids when they were not in boarding school and his picture of didn’t match his name and when I questioned him about it he told me that the name on his I’d was his Nick name. They can be pretty stupid sometimes
Chris says:
It’s true on the dear thing, thats how I spot them, also I just did 8 years in prison, and when I disclose this, they never ask why, most people would, right.
ger says:
8 years in prison for what?
Sondra Millman says:
I got scammed originally by a man in POF for $12K Ron Ross, who had others contact me as he “died” of pandemic and left me his estate. I was stupid and feel for this. The “lawyer”and his “boss” also scammed my bank for $26K.
Heart says:
Well, that was really stupid. Sorry for the term.
Women must remember not to send any amount. They target women professionals. So do not fall for any trap.
Geradine says:
They all want a relationship right away. You can tell in the language they use. They either work in the army or somewhere over seas. They are overly nice. They are masters at telling you what you want to hear. They will always ask for money. They never want to meet. They will refer to God in someway. I was clueless when I first started dating again after my marriage ended. In the last 4 years I have learned a lot. In face book it is terrible. They hijack good peoples Facebook pretending to be them.
Doug Cash. Crashman71 says:
Does POF have a a legitimate sight where women want a credit card number to verify if a person is 18 or is a criminal
Dude says:
NO! Don’t be so stupid. No one who isn’t a criminal will ask for your credit card, SSN, or any similar bit of info that can be used to rob you.
Dude says:
NO! Don’t be stupid. People who ask for your credit card, SSN, or similar info are trying to rob you blind. Would you trust someone on the street who asked for that info?
Mary says:
Scammers always want to know what you had to eat….
Scammers also call you dear…not a word anyone I know would use.
True on the photos. I always ask for them to send me a selfie with 3 fingers up. They avoid it or have some reason.
No military on UN assignment are real, no doctors overseas, and no Drillers on a overseas drill are real. Avoid high-end car salesmen as the will have some sale and get caught with customs bill and need money. They take their time and will no doubt ask for money for a plane ticket or some other critical thing.
And if they have a nanny, don’t even start.
Jill says:
Hi. Why did you make the comment about the nanny? What do you mean by it?
Sharon white says:
They always say that they have a nanny watching their kids.

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