DH Scam Watch: Protect Yourself From Fake Profiles and Online Scams

Online scams have become a lucrative business and are continually evolving. Not only are the culprits targeting computers and mobile apps but increasingly more and more people. Online investment scams generate the largest losses followed in second place by scams targeting dating app users.

The 2020 U.S. FBI Internet Crime Report included data from 791,790 complaints – an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from 2019 and reported losses exceeding $4.2 billion. “Victims lost the most money to business email compromise scams, romance and confidence schemes and investment fraud.”

With over 4 million global members, Daddyhunt has been successfully matching compatible partners for more than 15 years. Whether it’s a long-term relationship or a fun hook-up one might be looking for, Daddyhunt always has something to offer, which is why we are committed to maintaining the safety and integrity of the platform. We encourage all members to follow the Daddyhunt Code, which among other things asks members to treat each other with mutual respect and not to engage in harassment and abusive behavior. We also encourage our members to not disclose personal information to strangers.

Dating apps scams are highly sophisticated and organized, often supported by international multibillion-dollar criminal enterprises. In other words: it’s a career option for some.

At Daddyhunt, our Customer Service staff scan the network each day to remove and block suspicious profiles. They also review profiles that our reported using our ‘Report User’ functionality. However, some fake profiles do escape our attention, which is why our Customer Service staff gathered a list of potential warning signs in order to help our members recognize scams/fake profiles and avoid the potential consequences when engaging with them.

Daddyhunt encourages its users to take EXTRA pre-caution if they’re messaging with someone who:

  1. Declares love too quickly
  2. Claims to be overseas on business or military service
  3. Needs help or money (emergencies, hospital bills, travel costs, etc)

More specifically, additional attention is advised if the person of interest is:

  • Looking for eternal love, marriage or someone to spend their life with immediately upon messaging you;
  • Appearing and constantly saying how humble, honest and trustworthy they are – potential grooming alert;
  • Giving too many compliments;
  • Asking for your contact information, such as, e-mail address and/or phone number right away;
  • Appearing more curious: rather asking you questions as opposed to answering your questions;
  • A military man/army veteran, working on oil rigs or is a doctor with an international organization;
  • Asking for help/money, related to a sick relative or an unfavorable situation in their country;
  • Hesitating with sharing photos; 
  • Having a profile photo featuring an “Instagram influencer” type of image.

If you suspect you’re interacting with a scammer or fake profile, please do the following:

Daddyhunt is a global community, and we want it to be safe for all legitimate members.

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6 thoughts on “DH Scam Watch: Protect Yourself From Fake Profiles and Online Scams

  1. I personally never give out information unless I’ve met the person face-to-face. That includes phone numbers and email addresses.
    I am also cautious of someone whose profile is so vague that they can claim to be exactly what you’re looking for while texting. If they’re not willing to put it in their profile, they’re either indecisive or hoping to be manipulative. Neither makes a good impression or could really be a good match.
    I am also suspicious when the stats that they list don’t match their picture. IE: saying that they are hairy but their chest is smooth.
    And don’t start me in people that have no picture or a stock picture of a place or just their hand.
    I do understand some who need discretion and may be headless, but only if they reveal after some mutual conversation.

  2. Well, it’s the dudes , first, who want to chat on What’s App? Then they tell you it’s more secure before the request comes in. Military, boy toys, escorts . Yes, guys over 40 targeted . We might make more money, have cc’s. Weird and creepy.

  3. Thank you for this article.
    There are also a lot of users looking for a sugar daddy. They will try to earn your trust and then ask for financial favors.
    I also don’t trust people that are always on line or others that change their location. They appear to be close but then you find out they are far.
    Really a lot of scammers and liers, makes you being untrusting of everyone

  4. “report users that are” not “report users that our”
    “discuss it with someone you trust” not “your trust”

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