If you’ve been on any online dating app, you are no stranger to seeing fake profiles.
We’ve all seen foreign models wanting to “hook up” to cam girls looking for a “partner” to get on video with.
If you’re worried about swiping right on a fake profile, I’ll be going in depth on how to identify and avoid frauds.
DOES TINDER HAVE FAKE PROFILES?
The short answer is Yes.
Does Tinder create them, most likely not.
It’s people who create them for malicious intent.
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF TINDER PROFILES ARE FAKE
To date there are about 50 million people using Tinder Worldwide, with an estimated 8 million in the US.
These numbers are going to increase as younger people flock to online dating.
That said, it’s difficult to know exactly how many Tinder accounts are fake.
Tinder does make best attempts to delete reported accounts so numbers can fluctuate.
*Match is Tinder’s parent company
This will also depend on the area you are swiping in, more dense cities will have more fake profiles.
HOW TO SPOT A FAKE PROFILE
Here are some tips on how to spot Fake profiles.
Tinder is still working on pushing out a verification option to all users.
It’s currently testing in a few selected countries.
A user needs to upload a selfie that isn’t shared in their profile to receive verification.
Verified profiles will show a blue checkmark on their account so you know right away that it’s the real deal.
Down in Florida, I’ve only seen a few verified profiles.
It’s from tourists.
LITTLE TO NO BIO
Although not the most reliable way of verifying a real account.
Taking a look at the accounts bio and seeing whether they have a bio will give you a bit of an idea.
Although there are some people who create accounts and may not fill out their bio due to not knowing what to put.
Some bots may have a bio but their bio may say something like: “Looking for partner 123 to do kinky 456 but stuff 7890. Hope you get the message ;)”
Here’s the thing if it looks too good to be true it most likely is, even more so with anything online.
As a guy, most girls aren’t going to open you.
They expect you to start the conversation.
Bots will most of the time message you first.
While it’s not uncommon for a girl to send a first message, it’s something to look out for if there are other red flags.
Lookout for an initial message with a phone number, snap, or website URL.
If you receive a general message, it will look something like this.
“Hey cutie, You’re cute ;)”
If you are a guy the bots will message you first, oftentimes giving you a phone number to text. Some may even start the message with
Once you respond to the initial message, the bot will respond with something generic.
Again in the messaging aspect… If it’s too good to be true….
REPLY SUPER FAST
Say you do match with a bot and start messaging.
Oftentimes the bots will have responses queued up that send right away.
Have you used a website that has an automated messenger? It’s like that.
But instead of you filling out the prompts for a response, it’s automatic.
Use your judgement on this one, and gauge the response time.
If it takes less than a few seconds for a response on all the messages, it’s a red flag.
WANT TO TALK ON EXTERIOR SITE
Some fake profiles will often try and lure you to another site to continue the conversation.
Check out their naughty video she made for you…
For safety reasons keep your messaging on Tinder.
If you are certain the user you’re chatting with is the real thing.
Then look to transfer it to Snapchat or other means of messaging.
If you have spent any time on the internet, spam messages are no strangers to you.
You receive them in your email, messages on social media.
Tinder is no exception to this.
Messages with suspicious looking links.
These will oftentimes be obvious but even some links won’t be so obvious(www.fakesite.co/not-realink).
Again this is going to be at the discretion of each user, swipe with caution.
Take a look at this conversation I ended up having with a scammer.
The website linked wants me to pay to ensure I’m real.
It tracked my IP to show where I’m located at.
And says the girl’s address will unlock if I pay….
Don’t fall for this.
LOW QUALITY PHOTOS
Most fake profiles have pixelated or low resolution photos.
The pictures aren’t even the correct size for Tinder.
Real Tinder users range from average to above average photo quality.
This is even if they use a cheap or low end smartphone.
If you are afraid of looking like a Fake Profile, check out my article on Tinder Pictures.
THEY HAVE 1 PICTURE
Across my time on Tinder, most fake profiles I’ve seen have less than 3 pictures.
They are often of model caliber girls. Be very wary of these accounts as they are rarely a real person.
Oftentimes fake profiles are going to have 1 photo used. Keep this in mind when you are swiping.
The classic, “If you want to see more send a tip to my venmo account”.
It’s not uncommon to find an instagram model online and use her photos to lure guys into sending money.
After getting the money, the scammer will never respond.
Or will send another “pic” asking for more money to see more.
I shouldn’t have to say this but if someone online that you’ve never met is requesting money.
Don’t hand out “tips” and get your hopes up with the likelihood of it going south.
Like the Venhoes,
You will come across many accounts that will be advertising social media accounts.
To gain followers.
These are the lesser of two evils as they are not scamming money out of your wallet.
These are going to be the more difficult accounts to identify as fake accounts.
often times these accounts are going to be ran by someone who is searching for someone who gullible
They want to build a connection so that they can manipulate you,
Either mentally or to take your money
HOW TO REPORT A FAKE PROFILE
With all these tips the best advice is to report fake profiles and get them off Tinder.
There are several ways to report a fake profile, such as emailing Tinder themselves.
The easiest way to report an account is through the app itself.
To report someone, go to his/her profile > scroll down and tap Report.
Select the reasoning, and then you are good.
DOES TINDER USE FAKE PROFILES
It’s speculated that Tinder creates fake profiles themselves.
Theorized to inflate the number of accounts to swipe on. Again this is theory and there is no way to actually back up this claim.
It’s possible that when they first started the app, there were fake profiles.
But with the increase in popularity of Tinder & online dating, the theory holds no weight.
Tinder gets new users signing up every second.
No need to use Fake profiles.
WHY YOU AREN’T GETTING MATCHES
If you aren’t getting any matches there are a ton of reasons why you aren’t receiving any matches.
If your account has any similarities with a fake user, its detering girls from right swiping.
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WHY YOU AREN’T GETTING RESPONSES
There are countless reasons why you aren’t getting responses back from matches.
- The account you have messaged may have notifications turned off
- some people swipe with no intention of messaging. It kills time for them
- A bad opener is the most likely reason. Take a look at our openers that get you an immediate response
- She isn’t interested. It was an accidental right swipe.
- She is busy with another guy.
Tinder has done a better job lately at deleting bot accounts. While it still lacks the verification feature like Bumble, I see less and less bots every day.
Following these steps will help limit the amount of bots you match with.
If you worry that your match is a Fake, post her profile in The Pickup Pros Facebook Group.
A member will help you out.