How to identify a fake profile using Google’s Reverse Image Search

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Surely everyone has fallen for a fake profile on dating platforms at some point. Most of the time they are easy to recognize since robots are usually exaggerated excessively. Sometimes, however, they are not bots, but simply people who are pretending to be someone else. That’s when it clearly becomes more difficult. With the Reverse Image Search by Google, such profiles can be exposed with a little luck. I will show you how in this article.

Why are there so many fake profiles?

Fake profiles usually exist for three reasons:

1. Dating platforms want to beautify their user statistics

This probably applies to 90% of the fake profiles on the net. Because most dating platforms have the same problem: there are significantly more men than women registering there. This is, of course, bad for business since many men specifically register on dating portals because they have bad chances in the real world – at least that’s what they think.

If they then encounter even more competition online than in the real world, they quickly throw in the towel and move on to another platform. This is a big problem for any dating site, as it means that its paying subscribers will run away. Also, with fewer members, less money can be made from advertising.

A balanced ratio between men and women is therefore the goal of every platform.

There are various ways to achieve this goal: On the one hand, there is an increasing number of price models that charge different fees, or even none at all, depending on gender. On many platforms the membership for women is therefore free. On the other hand, men pay for everything, sometimes even for sending messages.

Since there are probably more dating sites than single women, free access for women is not enough to give the appearance of a balance between men and women.

But this is extremely important because no man would register on a site where there are three women for every 100 men.

That is why many portals rely on fake profiles. On a large scale, profile pictures are stolen from the net and fake profiles are created with them.

Usually, there is also an employee in charge of several of these profiles who responds well to potential male applicants.

This procedure can take on dimensions that are hardly imaginable.

2.”Social Media Marketing”

Social media marketing is used by almost all companies today. In short, this means that you use your company account to post on social media to promote your brand or products.

Even for this blog I occasionally do social media marketing on Fetlife, Twitter or Pinterest.

However, most of these pages are not accessible for websites with naked content because these pages violate the user guidelines of Facebook and other similar sites.

For this reason, fake profiles are created on dating platforms to do advertisements for nude and porn websites. I am almost certain that every male user of dating sites is familiar with this phenomenon.

Usually, the profile pictures of these fakes are very similar. Woman, lightly dressed, very young, and sexily posed. The profile text usually says something like:

“See my nude pictures here: www. fakewebsitewithharmfullcontent .com”

I can advise everyone not to click these links because it does not necessarily have to be a porn site. There may also be a Trojan or other malware involved. The creators of these evil sites know that no man will go to the police if he catches a Trojan via the profile picture of a half-naked 20-year-old woman. So please be careful.

3. Someone wants “just” to play

These are the worst forms of fake profiles. They are real people whose motives I cannot determine exactly. Unfortunately, I myself have fallen for these fakes twice already. But sometimes it can be quite entertaining, even if a queasy feeling remains, after all, you never know with whom you have written. So, always be careful before you send pictures of yourself.

I can only speculate about their motivation:

  • You won’t dare to show your face, but you still want the feeling of adventure
  • One is ashamed of one’s beauty but still wants to be worshipped
  • You just want to torture someone
  • You try to blackmail someone
  • You just want to play
  • Boredom
  • …..

These forms of fakes are very difficult to detect.

At this point, I can mention sites like BDSM.com, where every profile that has undergone a fake check is marked with a white or green tick. I welcome this very much, because this way you can chat completely uninhibited and safe because you know exactly who your counterpart is.

But how do I recognize a fake profile, which is led by a real person?

The simplest way would be for the person you‘re concerned about to take a photo of himself or herself and hold a piece of paper up to the camera on which a word you have specified is written. Of course, the person can hold his or her hand in front of their eyes. This kind of action is called a fake check.

Of course, this is often a lot to ask (especially in the beginning it is rather inappropriate.) But then you run the risk of spending a week writing with a fake.

But don’t worry, I have a secret tip for you:

Googles Reverse Image Search helps

Most women or men who handle fake images take them from any Instagram account or other dating site.

That means the picture has already been published somewhere on the internet. Here, our friend Google comes into play.

Google has a function in which you can upload a picture and let the search engine look for copies of it on the internet.

Doing this has already allowed me to unmask a faked profile twice, relatively quickly.

For this, you simply take the profile pictures of the suspected fake and load them into Google’s reverse image search.

Googles Reverse Image Search

Google Reverse Image Search
Simply click on the camera icon and then upload an image you want to search for

How it works is explained here

If one of your pictures is stolen (e.g. from Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.), you will be informed by Google. You can then immediately see if the information matches or if you have been tricked.

I know, it’s a genius trick! 😉

I hope this helps you to recognize fakes faster in the future.

It would be nice if you could tell me about your experiences regarding fakes in the comments.

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