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 Newvana
Joined: 11/5/2011
Msg: 1
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I know some profiles are so blatantly obvious that the pictures have been stolen from either a web page or maybe even someone else modeling pictures on facebook but how can one really find out if someone is fake?

The reason I ask, is that I am talking to somebody at the moment who probably has no reason to be anybody but herself, however something about her just does not add up. She does not have facebook, nor does she have cam which is fine. Maybe I should be more trustworthy and less paranoid but you can't be too careful on this site as it is so easy to create a fake profile.

We have been talking about meeting up, for a few days now which you would think validates that she is real, however she has been canceling every time for silly reasons so I am just wondering more and more if she is a genuine profile.

I don't want to be wrong that is why I am posting here to see if anyone has had any similar experiences and the best way to go forward.

thanks
 laskoboo
Joined: 2/12/2010
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Posted: 12/3/2011 5:19:22 PM
In your age group odd for someone to be so low tech but I guess it could be. In my age group it would not surprise me if someone had no FB or cam.

You can't have a relationship online... this is just a mode of introduction and you have to meet sooner rather than later. If that person refuses to meet, yep, somethings up. Something crazy, maybe not even a female.
Don't make that mistake of emailing for months and carrying on.. its a waste of time, they will either meet you or move on.
 _allen_
Joined: 6/14/2009
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Posted: 12/3/2011 5:25:02 PM
I have a cam (mobile + web) but don't have FB (I hate FB, I'm a Twitter fanboy!).

Word of advice, skip the cam and the social networks ... just schedule a "meet n greet". This will answer all of the question you have about this person.

In any case, if she continues to decline/cancel a "meet n greet", move on. Probably a fake or a person you wouldn't want to interact with anyway.
 scurvy_little_spider
Joined: 11/7/2011
Msg: 4
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Posted: 12/3/2011 5:27:42 PM
Could be the profile is real, but it's the person who is fake. Some come here not to date or ever even meet, but to play silly games. You seem to have encountered one; sorry, if so.
 Gwendolyn2010
Joined: 1/22/2006
Msg: 5
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Posted: 12/3/2011 6:56:20 PM
When you say "fake," do you mean that you think she is a scammer or that she is misrepresenting herself in a picture or in some other way?

Insist on meeting: it is one of the fastest way to out a faker. I have done this with men whom I KNEW were scammers from the onset. When they say that they can't meet right away, it's good-bye.

Did she want to chat on Yahoo?
Spotting a fake profile???
Posted: 12/3/2011 7:35:22 PM

she has been canceling every time for silly reasons

the rule of 2's applies here. if a woman cancels twice, she's not interested. if i send a woman two texts/emails/vmails without a reply, she's not interested. that's my rule of thumb, anyway.

whether she's fake doesn't matter. it's enough that she's not in sync with you about meeting. time to move on.
 carptopus
Joined: 11/9/2011
Msg: 7
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Posted: 12/3/2011 7:54:59 PM

the best way to go forward.

If you want to date, move on and find someone else that will date.
Who gives a shit if her profile is fake.
If it's real or if it's fake, you still aren't dating anyone.
 SylvanSwan
Joined: 8/5/2008
Msg: 8
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Posted: 12/3/2011 8:35:14 PM
^^^^ I'd date you Ghost....Alberta is a ways from you though.... ;)

OT: I actually contacted a guy who looked like one of the cowboys I had in a calendar back in the 90's. I asked him if he was Mr. May or September...?

He didn't contact me back, but I wasn't expecting a response either. I have no doubt that he was fake and so was his profile. Which btw, is gone.

Hard to tell if the profile is fake or not. All you can do is contact them and go from there.
 SweetLilGTP
Joined: 10/22/2010
Msg: 9
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Posted: 12/3/2011 8:38:31 PM
I find that a good percentage of ads in my area are structured the exact same way,

Give your quiver to me; I can shoot an arrow through anything


When you say "fake," do you mean that you think she is a scammer or that she is misrepresenting herself in a picture or in some other way?


GOOOD question.

Let's take this to a new level.


We have been talking about meeting up, for a few days now which you would think validates that she is real, however she has been canceling every time for silly reasons so I am just wondering more and more if she is a genuine profile.


Play with it; but put no stock or any of your time in it at all.

It's fake or otherwise good for a "what the f*ck; I'm doing nothing else" only.

 Blah_User_Name
Joined: 8/27/2011
Msg: 10
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Posted: 12/4/2011 6:22:49 AM
Fake profiles do exist. I am currently dealing with someone myself who has a fake profile and am waiting for their next message so I can block them....

I would agree with the comments above about getting to see a person face-to-face but have one additional comment. If you feel something is 'off' you are normally right. Follow your gut feeling. Don't interact with that person. Just as in real life - avoid people who don't seem to be who they are making out to be.
 TexasLady0922
Joined: 11/16/2011
Msg: 11
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Posted: 12/4/2011 2:24:00 PM
I love that rule ! I think I shall adopt it .
 Lookingforsalmon
Joined: 8/7/2011
Msg: 12
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Posted: 12/4/2011 2:37:59 PM
I don't have a web cam and I'm not on Facebook. Both are at the bottom of important or fun things in life ...for me.
 john_in_bh
Joined: 12/25/2004
Msg: 13
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Posted: 12/4/2011 3:29:15 PM
I doubt that it's a "fake" profile. Why would a young girl want to or have to do this? It would be a total waste of time. Most likely what is happening is that she is finding other interesting fish on POF and is going with them while keeping you on the backburner.

Now of course, if you let your imagination run wild it could be some 500lbs scary woman that is bored and just wants to chat with some guy she likes. If she was the one who initiated contact, its more likely the case than if it was the other way around.
 carolann0308
Joined: 12/9/2006
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Posted: 12/4/2011 4:26:56 PM
You email, chat a few times then insist on meeting within two weeks. You find out very quickly who is full of bologna and who isn't very quickly. Someone that wants to chat for months is probably wasting your time.
 Pingshooter
Joined: 3/15/2009
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Posted: 12/4/2011 6:24:33 PM
Google TinEye..it is a service that if you right click on the pic, it will search the web for that same picture. Very useful in really snagging fake profiles.
 feriamo
Joined: 4/27/2010
Msg: 16
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Posted: 12/4/2011 8:13:48 PM
I don't have a cam, but I have fb but I would not give it to someone that I don't know. so maybe she doesn't want to share her fb with you yet.
and things come up maybe she is busy, but if this goes on for a few weeks I would say just let it go, then maybe she is just wasting your time.
 chinadol6977
Joined: 6/24/2011
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Posted: 12/4/2011 11:09:50 PM
I don't share my fb with anyone from this site,or people that I go out with.It contains pictuers,and info about my family,which is something that complete strangers should not have access to..
 bunny017
Joined: 11/26/2011
Msg: 18
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Posted: 12/5/2011 12:20:08 AM
I agree, I don't give out my fb. And I don't have a webcam. And I take things very slowly. Maybe she is shy.. have you spoken on the phone? I won't meet someone till that occurs.
 bottleguy
Joined: 3/22/2011
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Posted: 12/5/2011 1:19:58 PM
If a girl's photo looks too professional and she looks almost too pretty to be on a dating site, than it is likely fake. Lots of mail order brides on match . . .
 MuB_Sein_Verruckt
Joined: 11/2/2011
Msg: 20
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Posted: 12/5/2011 3:32:01 PM
I don't use facebook unless you are family you will be on there. And most times when someone asks me to be on camera, 90% I'd say no. Not comfortable using it, feels impersonal and just generally hate it. But I will go for a coffee with someone who sounds decent over the phone. If she keeps cancelling for silly reasons, you got your answer IMO.
 Jewelsjourney
Joined: 11/19/2009
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Posted: 12/5/2011 4:07:04 PM
I do not have a webcam, I am on facebook but would not give out that info to someone I do not know. Ask the person to send you another photo over POF and try instant chat or just call her on the phone and arrange coffee.
 AintNoDeal
Joined: 2/3/2010
Msg: 22
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Posted: 12/5/2011 5:06:17 PM
I have a 12 year old webcam that I haven't used in 9 years. I don't use Facebook. I got cammed out a very, very, long time ago. 99% of the time, people on cam are just sitting in a dark room, with creepy glow from the monitor on their face. It's not a good look.

If you have a photo, you know what they look like.
If you both have time to do cams, you can turn those cams off and go meet in person.
If the only time you have to cam is the middle of the night, when the heck are you supposed to date = useless.

People use the technology as an excuse to not meet and pretend they're "getting to know" someone.
 Law212
Joined: 10/2/2011
Msg: 23
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Posted: 12/5/2011 7:44:37 PM
I've seen a couple fakes lately. Unless Tricia Helfer is actually looking for love on here.....

Also a couple pornstars on this site apparently.....um my friend told me, I dont look at porn.......
 chrysalis0827
Joined: 4/23/2011
Msg: 24
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Posted: 12/5/2011 8:13:04 PM
Yes, they exist. There is nothing you can do about it. I ask for names so I can facebook. If they don't want me looking at pics of them or see what they are posting, I don't want to meet them period. I call this website Plenty of Freaks. I have not met one person that was worth the shower and the dressing. IT's free. You get what you pay for...be careful. I agree that you should have a very short time period of talking and qualifying and meeting in a very public daylight place. Coffee shop type of thing.
 Law212
Joined: 10/2/2011
Msg: 25
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Posted: 12/5/2011 8:15:22 PM
ya it is plenty of freaks, thats why I never add girls to facebook. Have had one too many crazies to let them go nuts on my wall.
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