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 rcrpw83
Joined: 7/3/2017
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How are accounts without photos still present on POF? I find it creepy enough to get messages from users who have no photos, and have no idea who the person is or what their intention is. In the back of my mind, they are using POF to cheat on their partner, or simply don't have the best appearance. Regardless, it's still concerning to me, and some others. The other concern is fake profiles popping up and promoting escort services. Without the advertisement, I could tell they are fake POF accounts within seconds and soon disappear after messaging me. Has anyone else had messages from these fake profiles?
 VeeDub_EVO_III
Joined: 3/10/2014
Msg: 2
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Posted: 4/28/2018 12:01:39 AM
Most fake profiles are actually scammers who attempt to farm email addresses. They farm the addresses to basically sell to advertising firms for online marketing, spam etc. And that's only if they can't con you out of money.

However its peoples right to not have a profile picture. What you're suggesting isn't exactly a bright idea. You're simply being paranoid. No pictures doesn't mean they're married. It usually means they have a high profile career (like a doctor or politician) and they cannot be seen online at a silly dating site for professional reasons.

Some women I've encountered have no pictures because they're highly attractive, and keeping the pictures down cuts the amount of harassment they experience from hundreds of men sending rude messages constantly.
 WakemanR
Joined: 2/4/2018
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Posted: 5/30/2018 2:43:44 AM
I'd go a step farther - one good reason not to have a picture is because others are so judgemental. Whatever happened to just getting to know someone? Pictures can often be a block, in that it allows others to judge and put you into little boxes.

I'm often surprised at some of the requirements I see on POF. Most of them I see as rather shallow. I get that people have preferences, but really, most of them are prejudices, not preferences.
 NewYorker58
Joined: 6/11/2013
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Posted: 6/13/2018 5:53:39 AM
No picture means the person is hiding something. Believe me, no one here has any special job in life that they can't post a pic. I have yet to see a person without a pic have a high profile job, but more like no job. I would never respond to a message of someone with no picture.
 XXXMrWonderfulXXX
Joined: 1/27/2018
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Posted: 8/21/2018 7:33:44 AM
The 9o's was when people did not use photo's often or even had one. This isn't the 90's anymore, excuses shouldn't be made for those who aren't going to put their face on here. It's as simple as not using the site if you aren't going to use areal photo's. To be honest this site needs to get its head out of the ground and implement a facial recognition system or require each profile to have more than one photo and have them be identified by employees who are trained to identify scams. I am security+ certified and have been for over a decade now, that goes for having a pof profile too. Since I have had a POF profile, all day/ every day, I've flagged scams/fake profiles matched with me and I hardly ever get a real match with anyone who actually communicates. I had even been punished by POF by being locked out of my own profile for months. It's a sad business practice to be the backbone of criminal enterprises for scams. The dating scam business is a muti-billion dollar business. Read (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/romance-scams-online-fbi-facebook_us_59414c67e4b0d318548666f9).
 NewYorker58
Joined: 6/11/2013
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Posted: 8/21/2018 10:53:38 AM
I don't have to read that to know the all the money that's made by scammers. My gf's sister got scammed, but she also lives in a fantasy world, not quite right in the head. Men and women don't use common sense. If someone is significantly younger and better looking that's contacting you, they're scammers.

I rarely get scammers contacting me. They seem to like to focus on the men. I don't know if they're Nigerians, or Americans, because there could be different groups.
 angelfish18
Joined: 6/30/2018
Msg: 7
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Posted: 9/22/2018 1:44:47 AM
I have found that with most scammers they will have ONE photo that with a quick google search will show they are lying. I have dealt with 5 scammers in the past week alone. sigh
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