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A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.

The scam typically works like this: A con artist, usually based in an Internet cafe overseas, will lift a photo from Facebook or another social networking site.

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Christine Davis, a design student who was duped by a fake profile, set up this particular site and wants to support others who have been targeted.

Davis calls it the “Nigerian advance fee scam,” as it is thought that the majority of spammers are based in Western Africa.

Here are some expert tips on avoiding scams from Cupid.com’s Communications director, Sean Wood: Word of caution: The FBI recently issued a warning about a different kind of online dating scam known as “ransomware.” It’s a virus that will make your computer inoperable until you hand over a payment. Have you ever been a victim of an online dating scam?

To protect consumers, sites like are being set up for volunteers to post details of the counterfeit dating profiles they come across.

Additionally, the system can detect “bots,” often operated by organized crime gangs, which create profiles and engage real members in automated scripted conversations designed to elicit payment.

Already, through its quality assurance methods, the site has identified 20,000 scammers who get permanently blocked from Cupid’s communities each month.

You can look at profiles by location, orientation, and type of relationship and then pick who to contact.

Search by distance which is of course standard at most sites takes one or two steps further with their search plus features.

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Plus leave your own user experiences for the next person. offers a basic free membership but like premium dating sites it is worthless except from the aspect of browsing.

In many cases, scammers will choose to use pictures of military personnel. Grisham set up a personal blog for soldiers to report their photo being used on online dating sites.

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