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Joined: 10/11/2005
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Seems to be a lot of fake profiles getting through lately and POF doesn't seem to be catching them when it is pretty obvious.

For example when I look at newest users atm there is a heap of them all from Bangaroo.
Couple of problems
1. I don't think there is anyone that is a resident of Bangaroo, it is shipping and commercial with redevelopment expected to include apartments to be completed by 2023.
So why Bangaroo? Because it is the heart of Sydney and probably is picked by something programed to pick the center of Sydney.
2. Does anything look suspicious about usernames that start like this
JuliaJulia (yes another one)
NicoleNicole (another one)
MaryMary (yes another...they must have limited names)
JuliaJulia (really...3 of them)
JuliaJulia (ok make that 4, whats the chance of two people naming a profile starting with that one after another in the same city!)

Note, all 14 just happen to be from Bangaroo. That is 14 out of 30 profiles on the New users page that are definitely fakes. Almost half. Unfortunately I have no way to message POF and say, hey you need to fix your fake finders because this is out of control. Yes I could go into each profile and report it but these are so obvious they shouldn't have gotten through in the first place.

The profiles when you go into them look fairly genuine. That is because they have copied real peoples profile main body message. The exception is that every one of them would probably be classed in the top 10% or better on attractiveness scale. That is another indication of a fake. You just have to look at the profiles around the fakes to see how obvious they are.

Be aware of fakes because scamming people is big business and a lot of people do not know how to spot them.
Joined: 12/10/2011
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Posted: 8/19/2016 10:22:55 PM
Dude, I would explain at the start of your profile that your name is referring to the soccer position you play. Otherwise it looks like you're a fan of domestic violence or militant industrial action.

As for those fake profiles you listed, it looks like they're gone. No doubt it's a constant struggle for a free-to-join site to keep scammers and freeloaders at bay.
Joined: 9/12/2015
Msg: 3
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Posted: 8/21/2016 3:36:57 AM
So many fake profiles on here, all have their name twice and then numbers, from Bangaroo. It's a joke.
Joined: 8/1/2016
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Posted: 9/1/2016 2:06:04 PM
I recommend everyone that encounters a fake profile to send each one to:

I have sent 25 (out of 53 so far) after requesting a refund for breaching Australian consumer law. (Yeah, I got the 'ad-free' experience!) They are selling a dysfunctional service and falsely claiming an ad-free experience especially where unsolicited advertising is rife.

I'll ad more email addresses of staff at POF. Perhaps they have then deal with their fake account problem seriously enough - when it costs them in refunds, lost sales, and reduced work efficiency wading through the actual crap on their system.

Of course - if it is all deliberate... would love evidence of that! (Any ex-POF staff help with that one?!)
Joined: 8/16/2015
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Posted: 9/14/2016 10:28:38 PM
Trouble is that all dating sites, because they're viewed as a prime way to sucker in unsuspecting guys, are frequented by scammers (perhaps organised crim outfits) that flood just about every dating site even the fancy ones like Eharmony with fake profiles using all manner of methods to create them.

Like spam email, after a long time filtering good from bad you become atuned to working out the real ones from the less-real ones. Sadly due to the skewed membership of most sites (100+ guys for every supposed girl profile) you tend to look at almost all profiles as potential fakes until you might one day strike it lucky.
Joined: 9/9/2016
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Posted: 9/18/2016 4:28:48 AM
Damn, does that mean that the much younger beautiful women that have contacted me form the USA are not wanting to fall in love with me?
Joined: 3/22/2015
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Posted: 9/30/2016 6:07:26 AM
you got that right lol!
Joined: 1/8/2016
Msg: 8
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Posted: 10/29/2016 11:31:11 PM
It is starting to get annoying....

There is a Chloe girl doing the rounds in Sydney (Apparently)...

You report them only for them to vanish then pop up again with the same pics!
Joined: 1/26/2017
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Posted: 1/30/2017 3:14:02 AM
Yup to true... I once got a message from someone be it a scammer or someone with gay intentions use pictures(non model ones) from one of my favorite pornstars,stolen from her twitter account.gotta love the internet right guys haha
Joined: 6/25/2016
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Posted: 3/4/2017 5:08:25 PM
Yep...that or you can tell by the nude photos they have on their profile which contravenes all POF policies....
Joined: 12/16/2015
Msg: 11
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Posted: 3/4/2017 5:21:35 PM
The main thing is it is a FREE website.
Just shrug your shoulders and click next.
That is the most realistic step to take.
Joined: 5/24/2016
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Posted: 3/20/2017 8:52:39 AM
Some of these ladies have STAGE names. So it is easy to assume they are scam artists using the photos. However, some are scam artists as well.
If you run into a Paulio Ista stay away from her, Claiming to be 34 Taurus, 5'9" Italian. From Sydney or WA but has a U K phone number.
She is a very good scam artist. After all the checks she still got me. Lol. Probably from Ghana. ? They can port their cell number to some one
else. They can buy a cell phone service from U K like O 2, and from USA.. It is hard to track them down. I used the I P address,
from an email she sent me to find out her location. She ent me an email with an air line ticket confirmed from K L M Airlines.
Advised me she is finally coming to meet me, and asked if I can pick her up from the Sydney air port. Date and time. I said yes I can.
This was over 7 months of chat and some phone calls using whats app. But NO VIDEO calls as her phone was an older one.
I suspected she was a scam artist but thought she may be just one of those ladies. As some are. Well a week after she sent me the email
I ask how she was going? She answered O K.. Still working towards my goal to return to Australia and I'm never coming back here to U K again.
O K are you O K ? Yes I am fine. Do you need any help ? Got your passport, visa, and everything sorted out ? Almost everything is O K.
Just need a bit more cash but Ill do it, I'll see you soon. So I offer to help her. LOL Stupid I know. She asked me:
IF you can can you send me some cash via Western Union ? or Money Gram ? So I thought she has a confirmed air line ticket.
I call K L M and they tell me she has a ticket but did not fully pay it, I send her the money.. She cancels her ticket.
KLM Tells me the next day she cancelled her flight and ticket. I ask her, she pretends she does not know. I then say to her
I asked K L M Airlines Paulio. They told me YOU cancelled the ticket. She starts to lie and make excuses.
Tells me she is sick. I LOVE YOU and that was it. Later asks me to send her a i tunes gift card. I agree but only,
because I made a promise and to find out if she can activate it. iTunes (Apple) gift cards are not global. So if you buy one in Sydney,
technically some one from U K or another country can not activate it and use it. Apple tells me it was activated from Sydney.
I do a bit more digging, she is more then likely 41 now, used to be an adult Entertainer in Sydney. Went to U K with some guy,
Probably still with him only targeted men from dating site for extra cash ?? There is a lot more info but I did not report her yet. If I do she can get over a year jail.
Joined: 5/24/2016
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Posted: 3/20/2017 9:08:26 AM
I agree a lot of them are there just to suck men in and they are run by organised crime. Anastasia, Russinabrides, Latin and about
14 on a list are all owned by the same owners. Some are run from U S A and some others from Macao. A lot of money to talk to some translator behind the
P C pretending to be the BEAUTIFUL lady that wants a man as old as 70 in some cases on her profile, She has a B A and high education Looks like a model.
Because she is.. Or has been selected but she is not talking or texting you even emailing you.. Internet reports claim that some men have lost over
$50,000 trying to get s woman here. Only 1 claims he did ? Out of over 20. Some went to Thailand, Philippines, Russia, and South America to meet the woman.
Guess what. The ladies were either not there, did not know the guy or local escorts. as for the models ?? Too bad very sad.
Hey but it can be fun chatting to some of these guys pretending to be Ladies.. At least they sex text. Lol
Some people have lost over $150,000 on Nigerian scam artists. It is a big industry.
Joined: 3/19/2017
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Posted: 3/23/2017 9:04:26 PM
I believe that most of these fake profiles, which are promoting other websites etc, that POF are actually affiliated with these sites being promoted.
Reasons I believe this are true is because I whenever I contact POF admin asking politely if they are affiliated with these sites being promoted my account gets removed and I have to make a new one...WTF no reply just removed...bit suss!
Also do you remember when you signed up and when filling out your profile you had to have a certain amount of words in the 'About Me' section or it wouldn't let you create the profile, yet have you noticed these fake profiles they don't have to write anything at all or even just a couple of words usually just "Ask Me" or just "lhkjbdfyusgfnsu"
Painfully obvious that POF are letting them make these profiles otherwise how could they get through the profile creation process having no words or only a couple of jumbled letters?????
Yeah suss as hell this site is a complete joke..just like all the rest.
Joined: 3/6/2017
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Posted: 3/27/2017 1:00:55 AM
lol sorry but I'd never heard of the place called Bangaroo before and thought you were making it up to be funny.
It is hilarious though - bang a roo. :D
Also very funny is the double name scenario - again sorry because I know it's a serious issue to have a fake profile, especially if they are copying other genuine members' ones. And if they are scamming too - would that be for money or residency for instance?
Joined: 3/6/2017
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Posted: 3/27/2017 1:01:46 AM
lol I hadn't thought of that connotation before I read your post but yes, perhaps it does need clarification by AussieStriker :O
Joined: 3/6/2017
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Posted: 3/27/2017 1:04:29 AM
That's what I am thinking also CanandaiguaM - anyone can window shop and obtain a no obligation free quote - there's no obligation to actually buy into it :)
Joined: 3/6/2017
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Posted: 3/27/2017 1:06:31 AM
Let's call in Catfish!!! :)
Joined: 4/29/2017
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Posted: 5/4/2017 6:11:56 AM

Seems to be a lot of fake profiles getting through lately and POF doesn't seem to be catching them when it is pretty obvious.

Ya think!

This is why I call this site Plenty of Fakes.
Joined: 4/22/2017
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Posted: 5/5/2017 9:19:56 PM
G'day Aussie_Striker,

I agree with you 100% about the appearance of so many in one place, and I have also observed that the fake profiles usually only have the basic header information, but no detail about the person or what they want. I was on a different site where there were 3 eligible girls in a bush town in the middle of nowhere, probably with a total town population of 2 people. Since i have seen this on two sites, and being a master of conspiracy theories, has it occurred to you (it did to me) that the site actually might add these fakes to fatten up their content? How many of these fakes are ever on-line? It's just food for thought.
Joined: 5/25/2018
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Posted: 6/19/2018 8:21:37 AM
I have reported 6 profiles to POF that are fake. All they were interested in is if I took my Chemistry test. I busted them all myself pulling them off the site and busting them. Of course they are all liars when I tell them. There was a Robert Green who is a 28 yr old Nigerian kid claiming to be from Santa Barbara. Claims to have daughter Alondra in Turkey, come on so obvious. Another, Alen Hunter with a precious baby claiming to be Alejandro Weib and baby Mirko. This is a famous TV promoter on Tele, Argentina. The next was a George Agrim from San Diego, James Sterling from North Carolina, another claiming to be a solder in Afganistan. All these people wanted money, me to check their bank accounts. If they want to send you their link to their business, personal papers, that is a red flag. Who does that when you first meet them. Ladies be careful.
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