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Merry Christmas Dating Scammers

      Dating sites use Scamalytics to stop scammers in their tracks, saving them moderation time and the related costs that come with scam and fraud detection. December and January is a boom time for the Dating Industry but also results in a huge influx of scammers. Scamalytics' unique technology looks at the user's profile data, behavior and … [Read more...]

Scamalytics Hires VP of Sales

This is great news. Scamalytics, based in London UK, maintain the largest shared anti-fraud blacklists specifically dedicated to the online dating industry. Scamalytics has hired Dave Wiseman as VP of Sales. Wiseman has extensive experience selling fraud solutions into the online dating industry, having previously run European sales for Iovation. Dan Winchester, Scamalytics … [Read more...]

Scamalytics Identify Stolen Celebrity Identities Being Used by Online Dating Scammers

Good to see Scamalytics increase their efforts in identifying  additional scam vectors on dating and other websites. "As an anti-fraud company we aim to analyze as much relevant data as possible" said Scamalytics co-founder Dan Winchester. "Analysing photos is a natural next step for us. We are picking up more fraud faster by identifying scammers from their photos before … [Read more...]

Cupid Media Hack Exposed 42M Passwords

An intrusion at online dating service Cupid Media earlier this year exposed more than 42 million consumer records, including names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords and birthdays, according to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity. It drives me absolutely crazy to read things like this. Storing plaintext passwords, what is this, 2002? Inexcusable lack of … [Read more...]

Scamalytics Launches Free Scammer Health Check for Online Dating Sites

Back from Peru, what an incredible trip. It's amazing what a few weeks in the jungle, seeing Machu Picchu and visiting ruins at 13,000 feet will do for one's health and perspective on life. Lost 10 pounds and I'm the calmest I've ever been in my life. Dad and I had many memorable experiences that I'll never forget. Before leaving, I unsubscribed from 50 marketing/social … [Read more...]

Obvious OkCupid & HowAboutWe Auto-Login Security Flaw “Uncovered”

It's all over the net today... if you forward your OkCupid and HowAboutWe emails to friends, they can click on the link and are automagically logged into either service as you. I was contacted by The Verge this morning, then I reached out to OKC, which decided not to comment. Good news is that HAW let's you opt-out of the functionality. Wonder if OKC is going to add opt-out as … [Read more...]

POF Cleans Up Its Act

When I logged into POF today I saw two interesting messages. TL;DR (too long, didn't read): POF is blocking hookups based on age difference and message wording, resulting in immediate bans, Intimate Encounters going away, 17% of the time we can pick the exact person you will end up dating, 70% of POF use is via a mobile phone. Markus says, "Unfortunately about 2% of men … [Read more...]

How About We… Write A Book?

Chiara Atik, HowAboutWe's resident dating blogger has written a book, Modern Dating. Offers advice on a range of topics, from how to send a relatively unembarrassing sext to how to make sure you're getting into a relationship for the right reasons. It will gently guide you through all the triumphs and pitfalls of what dating is actually like, from pre-date Googling, to … [Read more...]

Man Accused of Raping Woman He Met On Christian Mingle

Match isn't the only dating site in the news for members behaving badly. Now it's Spark Networks, owners of ChristianMingle. A man using the nickname "Rarity" (and sometimes Rylan Butterwood) was arrested on two counts of sexual assault and burglary after allegedly raping a woman he met on Christian Mingle. Spark Networks says: In addition to having profile review … [Read more...]

Dating Sites Are Not Responsible For Member Safety

One of the statements that stood out during the Online Dating Summit CEO panel was that online dating sites facilitate introductions. We are so used to dating sites boasting about their matching systems, yet dating sites are simply putting likely candidates in front of users. You don't date on dating sites, which really should be considered introduction services. I was … [Read more...]