Even though we find OK Cupid to be a fine online dating site, it does have one unfortunate aspect: so many fake profiles. Sometimes what appear to be fake profiles are really aborted attempts at real profiles. A user begins the profile, runs out of time or gets cold feet, and they leave things as they are. Then, you've got an empty or light profile floating around OK Cupid for the rest of eternity.
But other times, fake OK Cupid profiles are scams-in-the-making. Or, if they don't have criminal intent, some people who create fake OK Cupid profiles feel they are conducting a social experiment: e.g., guys creating fake profiles of hot girls in order to...uh, experiment and see how the other half lives. Or something like that.
In any case, you--the honest OK Cupid'r--wastes time with this garbage--or worse. Here are a few clue to spotting fake profiles:
1. Person in Photo is Hot
The scammy fake profiles always feature a person who is moderately-to-hot-looking range. After all, you won't attract bees without honey.
Usually scammers steer clear of posting pictures of model-quality people. Even the dimmest member can spot these as fake. But sometimes scammers lift pics off other people's profiles, or off another site.
2. Profile is Short or Even Empty
Why spend a lot of time writing a lot of words when the whole thing is a ruse anyway? More importantly, why put out a bunch of words when you've already got pictures of a super-hot guy or lady?
3. Profile Has No Personality
Read this profile. If you dare. It might melt your eyeballs out of boredom.
4. Suggestive Name
Sweetesttoy = Sweetest Toy = You Can Get Me in Bed Easy. Note, too, that "she" says "Seeing Someone," in order to make it all the sexier for guys or something.
5. Last Log-In is Not Recent
Last log-in for this fake profile was January 16, and the date we pulled it up was May 3. That's 3 1/2 months. How much you want to bet, though, that plenty of guys still message that "member"?
6. 3 or Fewer Photos
While it's difficult to show it in our image, trust us: this "member" has posted only one photo.
7. Profile and Photos Not Location-Specific
Except for the required OK Cupid location (Seattle), this fake profile doesn't reference the area.