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Hi, I've ran into some strange (or to me not so strange) activity on the main pof.com site.

First, fake or illegitimate profiles. I've used the google right click function on images and decided to run a few searches. Low and behold many accounts with the same picture(s). The images have been cached by google, but it appears they have since been changed by some users/scamwads. If it was only that rare occurence, no biggie, but the rabbit hole goes deeper. You'll notice that you can hop from one account, search for those photos with a right click, and wind up in another account, that also has multiple accounts linked/cached with identical photos!

Here are a few links of such search results:

https://www.google.ca/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZitRsLhKLR0VCtQpbDzDGaROY01KEHw8YLruvIc4ENK1g1LaS1aw3_1jPMDXxXTUQAnnMo4C0uD2uu3iUfnASnPgzXVdkO_1yyAg6Rip1hGPaxKgNAoMJEoTrrjtw7LDeQEBCWujo9yc2c2lgxAIDZ9SE0AH6wJXJehE2kgK_1pf5ldG97K8bT4ayQu9tZ7YJSyE1QIOYkXxYQdeNAtwDnh1ISHarGH4qWH_1Ee72HHeyZzX7ZvKpl-VUdoMGCuOYeHJxWYx_1lHHeLjEdtuzaZtYGVLsqW8ICz01dRYaPqt5ZGG18Z3gMhtOu2f58uFCvAGoqb05_11WKoqAPCJQob68ovZjvM0JhALIElzzMQO_10gm5fnoSUw8u6ZJTlVS1a9deTFdw5wc_1EgAxGiu2gzQ9sysEXX4ABFyk353LcwTcxFHg-ho1TZcM90zV3321ccP4g7QvV5-qBNClEeXxOu5hdbJDtz4W2omVTm27VRMswW3b8hEd3BLhgWY2oSDhQmjj0sAwvtTA80DnGGOTVTeneE9t6zOhPoeMp0FbGZ5qBcOJ7e2PzAsFosoVELOtU7v--5Qg5vnHzyH5bYzuSLO9E1_1vJ4RlAE7-83KtNfoRqeTGIHbPvrWwezK11wQhmU2oaybmQfrXSiPaL6qvuWXxgcGoQh27okNfLMCGHrCWaD6CkzHEZUK7mMtjBWrjhaSrgBlmDBJ_1O6Oi8b4exP1cUihKGXYq-DW1_16o4OFQeTNL-I4z7m2XzIMDhUoexFTbRuNjbAZZad6I0haCnyQe7xHrWluMd1VhzOx6f1OXnyVxTfn8fth20qz6JSTf5mmZrA4MI3DDfGfcquwzotb97ocy985n0l6qpReBnuSisGqQSyOsp2HZroQ59UAiWsZDrTXgHDKgJj9jt8Dp3OigIR5OAKyp12EicyeMMLusxFSCWSbZvTN8lNwzdqAk1R6UE9UGS62OBloudbMUt1gkDCauycEPQnQKxoGhasIW8L-FPwEvU4ycpwXHkPx_117DO_1ChGfNfoD3-t_1Je-_1pv8i11WyPim8s2kK2K9NbQQ0ZbUwDndHxoNXYHyo8-GcGBcLXY3KQanyt5wKhl8CEj4Z2HheTccPpvIIVvVK3wqVgdOWQIG4hOGJuwDqvY6DqoOVnlzwQOtCCZvy-3o9tz6iFDKZG64dVJAe5OGGgCMo6N-W7MQU7N-_1eLQU_1OIGjSEdnFI4ob35_19hv7mgydXNO_1IzyVxGdPrQ5Lr0vmw4wgDFxS1Ii20CuQEkkTSa43MAnPElbSkMB5paL_1t-3OF-H8msZafiV0f0olPHNdyrgqEmvljNMImKIdtemj1bMmF_1Ie0APzvGIgHiyQhhyFo9NIFL-m4Wjb2MfevWx9Xe-4M_1ISCkBhLCr5o4X0b0XxWFk1qlqTjivnm_1ZnRob03LGNun5E-3J1c16aELr3SUn8a9-HUv-XsJue4tWpLntIt8qzJKx-QWwvtuSzRlYMrwIbZScZfXfZgMToiAgQm-wttBtzonnv_1wm4ulPHZJYnn0hfJYoYRRMyCz6t7Fw72-_1pVM9z5C1_1yJyZ22iwlHMypR8GdnbuE1r9SADLT_1UH6JlEfxm4LS_1ymsG4YFxQbW3ZqT1SFm-jWg

https://www.google.ca/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZisWOVUUrHOdHSeivR7nLMzlVwEewE5hNRph3c1e_1FP6bYPpq5oe6Xre4fRtfyKUV5AEzEjvhSHmtVf6VqBJZNXRWPqsywfyU9RgSN63DPgXBR7eejotk294rKDjY288rY0TVldxtAqUGhJzoO1OhbAtvUsd82pAIZ-gOo253sjyOABiFnIWDWDV-GNPNfWsTjuwgtmxxpDzj3sRY0V1JxhFaHmjNdL0x-fFKd3DoDhXpP6tGws4EEZg_1Xz_18ib-VVYhxpuJ2oUqCEFdMKPZKyagcGQWHVUHhwrDzzb6Dif7aKMHJvb9sGZrlpFwocXoj4dRZmIvGtQE44fhwwoi_1ptX-GUv0djRs0qds7fdickh1E5wUa7S7Hg2MwF89l7AHnuvrmLWOe34_1xHbf2-Hfm13RfZDRtz_1vHsijTZkDy9xWFZv3jwYN9nm3S5gQR9mGjvJLXzdGUcRyTk3_1a8xg78tVxJDt-tIrDnZoclTCBQisyYqxizx5nUJ1altaS7pECwhxXmqlbKDlfhyz24EL-EzDg-qgG-vV9JTEXQoRhj2LzCVFbM5qWdBGZe2p3Eke-dwOTUULuO2UvCDzWM2Ha1Ym7eCHcZrDX3gRBAwULgmhxc7oiqHusUh_1fUB0PrpKOYVUIdXNSyNz-z-e47WOl5QGOT-hThiIBlahOAHLuo7-CeEXbFGRotn-F7G2rkukXROywcDlBTS6zHff714yWq6pwgqll9gvg0bsbp0mnvcnWpv9cI9ucuBX6M_13KRdX54IC7Jfu-jxh3v8TTH_1e0_1V7-OQaptOJXW27mbX1ZQ3r2G5dITdyFjnZUiz1cDz0ZvyDZTMYwFuPNfl3eJBtZDO3TAdrchKcIC03S5DxdtZdR-q3BiXuAyAHsXcPK4dxUUZFoCutBDbC3oHQblndYuIC7BQISqFPcK3PyzbgUEN0Mi6Hw4J9VYrjjZD4fbJSp-3HJHt-1xudM9oSSCzpy7RlQusSpyT5LB7F3hEQ_1sZoG_1QkproznHJs9wN7f_1ykTG7GTMfDs8rjX5UzNUpKohpWJWEWT24-p27L1fe5XpExfDBUH3SuVNAIO-x0bjUFZD70WYwKrT7gpXOhgCGgMz3VT08s0ZQvX92qga8fxngvgYmJQZWo2IyQaOqLh0PBT3QLsa7gvndq7EZ4SACcT6Nsa3YnMd6AIZRHkM1eBgQ_1lCMVY42ZSOEd5MqbZ5oS0F2o4conj7Uqu8T3AoKal9OmH7Z5kue6psXcmKsyFQevlcXwnKNw3x1D9tfak9ssOQj106TOtbP_10lSAZD9cpR-Ks7y9SVMpSpXR1lUnP0K2Dc2mB9O3Mgqv1EhqUYMM5PGYFsfmjKKXnuTSdk_1e8Sg93_1CaF7ujgcln0IIJMPyEZLU2bUPgKPGalzhP2kM2lUXqYHIMk7S_1pSjoGStnM2m8wLd9abDV26tJuChlyc0xa_1xP40EnInyHBvCiQxIZ6WdxRmL7u7bk233V7S6qgvZ04YGSz1QoRbEHX4eXfIRNWendc8cIUn_1ZiDomokFndtCJvl-an4XPdoUQVHAIZAqr2V1ZmfDTJmPdJWaU2-YAxM7p-PvRMuKyYfjduSwUwbKNy0xynanMC60Lrj1XnOdbujvog

https://www.google.ca/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZit52rUtcFPd4jhzW1TN3zm0Ci1lVJ3TncyOPXj0Oqd_1cjNqdyqqsi_1K8_1G7cBw4myq_1oWYoRtj-ZkPpEcw9Rtm8wJpJjFwGiOnQ-9Gef7NI0y5-5dPxlevKQG0xy6uA0OxfPc2Poo8djG_11BToBTmfvayME-TM8gOrhGRZZjs8xiKyb9I3LUl-17joZV_1ppFRV5Z7AMxnmfM1OugsGcM--BU6QEpt5Mihj1T8a58vSiWYA450ukldMwGtnfCN9jJcp8z9UDgD0ZMjhxS7HLBCAy0uzmUmhaucH5kCRaLxJ0kP4E2tx2HntcVcB3CEv_1DDZdaYTiCm4sHYHKMbUMpgKxFj6iLlDINFE-XzxlxY39EKOGFzCUDTztLS4yJ7yAuxAzNZlqzj94fFtgs5omwGXNlmv1RS2elXTeIWsNM2JJgtJ3TN7PQ6SRhQ-NPq0-8dc6126p6-td89ql_1o2utpfBrg8UMDARpvkfr0PnvT1hBu1hq_1pcB9XpGzjTaAsLF_1YQCdJhSp_1EabxyOTxAygnAgTilggdqW5B-blsMMZ-nvlFPgLkyQuYNbyOwXFnmC71ieJVdx8U3vRhVvfvt2ypgn0O5dbRx0SSuMX7IFbOgygyoM-wlS-yYUWLrext6qzbyTysNSLRnq-rqpfCaq9YOg4HAWu2ldW_1sKkmCi3pPFH9w7eq4wGlpLmAna-S-BKqHxI5BI5hV3Q0GGjnNypBVVBEg2zVHnlGrGObv2wtcrKwwem9eG-XHiCQIyGJhwOsvLksjPa8c3niaUJseQH9AcXBvGpfaJuo24X-6QY3e1lqtK9XaXq1rgdc-gkgCO5f3e1I2DTPnpVJ06Z6-IgoYW1Bso40aSr7yvcBTMsAxHEXdKKH6ZELeKQr6cS9J2-JZlgV5JMaz-i3LYk6B8QjVWgo0uSrl2kZbLbSjqtbEreQxp7e7NN9kj5_1m9BzghMqPoXFPBBlgGwlk4GNzr9yDG8DDA9g4dF3q1eH5T0rlSPERlnhLG-kpY3ouKJB2CLng1rAf5-3Yh1MJTA0GPBCmOA7Ctkh2vH7b3kN0x_1-AspRPXw-b3WpnLCc0L5AiAAjsYSZ8zkDXeZ4hUjB3UTRkCxMKC36Esutv4LVozsQ3p44aOT5_1tAOhGd-wzTIRYzr2lMYxeYqS3UJnOPK9J5EB_1UvLMRiDyNyngkFIXqIIgMfGaQb0-bJkQXhq5aZb76I7AP629cNUop98XVDkSbk5X-1pxvcgjl-SfCLxEMRjLwAoOnQ2wzlIAtam9mCtTq7Z-scJZ_1P0xkpFRrLi3X8QQr2XK61n5DUqowr8BCXtZBh8zjsNI7fFnWL2sscd23zZGxa5T54M5bQZ1Pw159YuQmUypm2tgXb6kKRpc1j4Ns6-a4nqv5nC0o2j4ntG-onixcNrBc5hxRT4TAhsJ9yh8VkvE8OdD0CMa4jzUHH8QwiURuQ7wmY0ARblvMpmicR4mlQWIWBr4DP6OIEaMQS8lvNt81zpA1LF4abamSYpkJb58W16Y09Cgyx-vZnk8CDU4hhxLJQ82rxeDqlWnEH4eyDMB4-m2_1ELSuZUPF333gXrdOr3PdJRXzXNFlsedegTw5ttCq1NEAjDLtiHxRffTRie6A

https://www.google.ca/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZit3YZRdjXmDZaEp5PrhWYbmYDa2cDYiUZIyOdtRJr_1Wnz_1WmQZAFTt-3z8pBV2nca3jNdVKiyMXIz52NwXd91jJI4r8ZYuaXvU0s0ezhEZ9BS2LsLwiV3pZgc22r61IPHX5H8x2KK9mj1QbnQ2R27g7K4waWwoDE_188PyBbxMyOm3jQ-bEp6lRZlvkqG_1SWeSdkJRSzZR93A48ON728RvSZiS1n3xNKLcZSmvKAUL9nnQQxAe47UapWJdbGxTAekTyDqrIEBJzqqjOC88e3X7eRVANS1hzjzR4i0sENkb66As5eKBqxYkJ7oHOHsEEOaguRpqMPv5xUkhg0weDSo6bfFlLcmHvW4qjXmKJrFDZ0txQUZvJu8WHoZfNoYcPLq7pyGHOrkC9QTXKfnEipZA_1emSgOApreIvDq9RxtDho9QRV8uJketkWp6x8NssmRl5lGKaJvoHJLX6XHxBnojnQOc9MjfaPpL0gLYD4bUOa5VuI2t3ZpRNEH3EmzErm2zKfBMl8R5KPIiIx0UDB0aosuW9HQD6kjm6vPK81EJ7k3qIxvUGHkDvhY7vPQCBscNEmE1etsoTMqzrCSHcyYlbRMMluplbiQsOH3IbE8ynNZGH_1V3suVIn_1ePBHg0NqcfiudcsJhPt_1q5t9GUzFG5U7NITYaHDed5HvuwXFulTLtbzOcOhYrqHvrT8uxh22G_1WTjEFoDDbR8jsSVGlJdY3mdylJi4xTrsf8_1AZ_1Jqv_1bE9GZGHeVl8IWo6xeFLKNuNbT0EKMNPB4F8zniOgd_1TBdom0MvP_1pIrJt9Onbh8xYl-0sdr7y4wh2qbxJ2LVxbR4tTJ7y-DKI3j0ddL-JpxVb_13dW7gdrnBUhZwW4q3oLDgq0kQ-rO_1dh8RFTZK8uBzjnSYSzoqxgM3krPcjODxmQLqKO6Bly8WurkDghhWIug-xvZI7TQna2-chcd5bxJQ7jSyZU_1QtBUPz16UgY7nQrH8Uuwp7mvtPo1os0t00ycF6Fk7qdPm_1cmKAJKGdhErCNOAeX6lgA-hybikvzNTw0Itlt1TetqorOlPEH1MQgusn5v-Z3Kl0XNBhn4ilqj-ZD3zY8x24sW3DOkAZs1tQEkYTb2spFDrnllRCyv1bmkB4-bPbFGoGRNoGxna-8mtjud8BfTGr7nk30qF1RbTGKw6j6SE3hZR92ZqYm6mjQTeZFOoSqZarugG-qRlZyj0Bm6C6Vig2gMk9q308NunbFmFmaIkX8Sh4N8g7K3hefoB3KayXGngM93jxVGl-TKXzuvBZBHHXPEjnIFRdDKnFfCEgRoqntg7ixJ0Z2cdiTvmTDi5iZh8LaL5hY_13hf9yLMmDLHAlzsTku5t75G6nKWODDPC-zEHF0112czxRd58WsgFvxZgDwyofhD5B-KDFkAIFJ34hCZJz2Siolb9BOBodtiUL8dfH6qB5QeFlzIv_1toaVVV1d4UknT55NJi4PHmE57lrzXgCjtBU2I38b4HrRxGtNSLgCSAok4-d7ArNBNAdHFMFpa5i0jh8FYBSAGze01FRyWVDZT1m8CnnozELcVW-MjLWFdi_1oiIL4QtKMcUZC-yzqKzdhHID9vL6osChIGO4ICAy1wpOxMsIPV73_1vtAA


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You'll notice different usernames, different cities, but the same pictures cached by google. There's no reason for google to have cached the wrong pictures; I don't think google is to blame here.

Second, I've had a few notifications by email stating that user "X" wanted to meet me. OK cool, I thought. Click the link almost instantly after receiving the email and surprise surprise, the account doesn't even exist! Those account usernames are usually the a generic firstname followed by 5 digits. Stephani94257 and Mary23955 are two such examples or usernames emailed to me.

Can anyone provide an explanation for this? I work in webdev so any term, however technical, will be understood.

thank you
 gcdeb
Joined: 4/1/2015
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Posted: 3/4/2016 2:18:49 PM
eyesmakeyoublind... your post makes *my* eyes bleed!

You work in webdev but didn't care that posting those links would screw the page up?

You have discovered what the rest of the world has known for years. People steal photos of attractive people and set up fake profiles.

The reason they do this is to (at best) amuse themselves and/or (at worst) scam others. There are many date-scam web sites that try to track the regularly
stolen photos but there are too many to ever catch them all.

Of course it's not google. It's scammers. You have not alerted us to anything that isn't widely known already.

The reason profiles disappear almost immediately is that pof has a very (from my observation) thorough and quick system for identifying and deleting scammers.

Just because your Meet Me or message only just arrived in *your* inbox, doesn't mean the scammer hasn't been sending messages for hours or days even.

They just happen to have been booted pretty much straight after they messaged *you*.

Apologies for the cranky tone but, seriously? How can you be in webdev and be oblivious to the whole industry of stolen pics and fake profiles, AND,
mess up the page like that. It's damn irritating.

Maybe I just need more coffee....
 POF_is_a_SCAM
Joined: 3/1/2016
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Posted: 3/4/2016 3:24:41 PM
Sorry for the long links, I don't write them, google does. As for this forum not displaying them correctly, well, it should have a function to truncate or split up long lines such as those I copy pasted.

I'm quite aware that scam messages not only appear in my email, as you pointed out, I work in the field. In fact, I build database driven sites like these.

Are you a moderator or admin here? I'm posting here to address scams, fraud, identify theft and misuse, not to get already known facts from regular users like I'm some simpleton. I assumed that mods and admins were here.

What distinguishes my concern from average joe's, is that the mentionned pictures are still in use, some of which are from users that are actively writing to me. Plus, the other accounts who had used these pictures were created chronologically _before_ the current users. I'm open to interrogation to get these issues resolved or atleast clarified.

As for the usernames I posted, there's no purpose to them as they did not spam anything, they just provoked pof to send email notifications, possibly of events that didn't even happen. Maybe by posting those names here as I did, some other user could find my post and get an explanation as to what happened.

Yes, if it helps, have more coffee, nobody likes cranky, irritating, condescending posts that simply don't help.
 AussieNancy
Joined: 2/19/2015
Msg: 4
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Posted: 3/4/2016 5:41:51 PM

Sorry for the long links, I don't write them, google does. As for this forum not displaying them correctly, well, it should have a function to truncate or split up long lines such as those I copy pasted.


^^^ Well obviously it doesn't.

I don't see the need for all those you posted. Nor do I see the need to mention usernames. THAT, dear sir, is a huge rule breaker.

Look, if you think a profile is fake simply report it / them and include your reasons. Let Admin take care of it instead of being rude and condescending yourself.
 gcdeb
Joined: 4/1/2015
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Posted: 3/4/2016 5:50:01 PM

I assumed that mods and admins were here.
Your assumptions are incorrect.

There are no moderators here (if there are, they are secret squirrel mods). Even when there *were* moderators, they were... moderators.. nothing to do with the technical side of things (although they could often offer valuable advice and knowledge, that was over and above their mod roles).

Admin very rarely come into these forums and announce themselves and it's even rarer for them to respond, Message 16 in the "age restrictions" thread is the last time I recall the (then) owner making a comment in the forums - that's how rare it is. Apart from that there has been the odd "dating survey" type of post from admin but never ever anything addressing technical or scammer concerns.

This forum is used by the "regular users" to help each other out when possible.

If you think your queries/comments are worthy of admin response please feel free to write to them at csr@pof.com. Don't expect a response - certainly not one anytime soon at least, and most likely never. The issues you raise are not new or exciting issues - they are busy running the site and there are certain requests/issues that are raised with them ad infinitum. Those messages are not likely to be replied to because it would take all the time that the very small skeleton staff have available to them.

I know my post was condescending but I find that you raising these two very basic internet issues with the site admin to be very condescending towards them.

The best course of action when you have identified a fake profile is to use the "report" button on the profile. Once enough people do that, the profile is reviewed by admin and removed if found to be fake. That's why admin won't reply to your concerns on that issue because they have a process in place to deal with the problem.
 duracell_bunny_one
Joined: 1/21/2015
Msg: 6
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Posted: 3/7/2016 10:42:36 AM
....Don't you just love it when an 'expert' manages to screw up the tab spacing..........
 Ouija2025
Joined: 6/11/2014
Msg: 7
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Posted: 3/7/2016 2:01:31 PM
This site is free - ergo it cannot be a scam :)
Perhaps some Users are but//
I agree - tab spacing is pretty basic
 B1tch_My_Feet_Hurt
Joined: 3/5/2016
Msg: 8
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Posted: 3/8/2016 10:16:26 PM
There are people who have been here in years living a double life.

You cannot control it...

Welcome to the internet!
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