Seeking Arrangement has banned 60,000 profiles in the last 10 months, or about 220 a day.
Here's what they've found are the ingredients in the typical scam profile.
He/they may rent apartments, mobile phones and postal boxes solely for the aim of scams, as well as use innocent people to receive money transfers, giving them a false reason why they cannot receive the transfer themselves (lost passport, he already received too many transfers that can cause tax problems, etc).
The innocent person usually does not know anything about the real situation, and also may not know the scammer well (i.e. The scammer may give $10-50 to the receiver for her troubles, saying that the money came from his business partner or a relative.
The profiles first go through automated screening software, which flags both traits in the profile, such as certain ethnicities, and things that aren't visible in the profile, such as certain IP addresses and even certain passwords that scammers seem to like more than other people.
Then a person on staff looks through the flagged profiles and decides whom to ban, Velasquez says.
Lovin' God Scammers are mostly Catholic, or at least they say they are.
Eighty-two percent of banned Seeking Arrangement profiles say they're Catholic and religion was the most common trait among fraudulent accounts.
Many of the sample emails read a bit like Mad Libs or choose-your-own-adventure texts, featuring decision templates that include advice for ultimately tricking the mark into wiring money to the scammer.
The romance scam package is designed for fraudsters who prey on lonely men via dating Web sites and small spam campaigns.
There are some definite red flags but normally you won't be able to say for sure it is a SCAM before the money matters arise.