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Free Online Dating Sites: How To Prevent Scam – Fraud

Artificial Intelligence could help to foil online dating scams Press release issued: Researchers from across the UK, including experts from the University of Bristol Cyber Security Grouphave developed new algorithms that can understand what fake dating profiles look like and then apply this knowledge when they scan profiles submitted to online dating services.

The algorithms — designed as part of a wide-ranging project aimed at combating online fraud - automatically look out for suspicious signs inadvertently included by fraudsters in the demographic information, the images and the self-descriptions that make up profiles, and reach an overall conclusion as to the probability of each individual profile being fake.

Our research shows that fraudulent dating profiles have distinguishing features that can be automatically detected with a high degree of accuracy.

Since the first step in defrauding a potential victim is the fraudulent profile, this offers the possibility of early and fast detection and removal of such profiles. The aim is now to further enhance the technique and enable it to start being taken up by dating services within the next couple of years, helping them to prevent profiles being posted by scammers.

Professor Tom Sorell of the University of Warwick added: Using AI techniques to help reveal suspicious activity could be a game-changer that makes detection and prevention quicker, easier and more effective, ensuring that people can use dating sites with much more confidence in.

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