They’ll pan for gold among tens of thousands to find a few pieces of gold. If they’re a different person than on their profile photo, bail! If the person has a Facebook profile with 10 friends, well that’s a dead giveaway as well. For example, we know people don’t use the word ‘wire’ in regular dating communications. Report to the local police and ask to be referred to their cyber crimes unit. The problem is, most of these scams are cross-border and it becomes tough to coordinate jurisdiction.
It used to be easy to just Google phrases – criminals often reused them – but now it is less so. Q: What should I do if I suspect someone IS a scammer? That’s a red flag and is usually picked up by dating sites auto-detection systems. But the scammers know better to use that word on dating sites now. Its exhausting, and most victims just want to put the entire event behind them.
It does seem to go in cycles though, sometimes I get nothing, other times, I can hardly keep up.
In fact, I may soon be outta here.....seeing a very nice gentleman and it seems to be heading in a very positive direction.
I am a liberal who smokes and this week I am getting bombarded by conservatives who don't smoke.
I keep editing my profile and asking people who are not compatible with me to let me be - to no avail. I carefully look over that stuff myself and if the person is looking for someone younger, thinner, etc etc I don't bother them...the dudes that write me - I look at what THEY want and they WANT conservative non-smokers, but still the write me! It makes me wonder if Yahoo attracts the brain dead (or if brain dead is all that is available in MY particular area, LOL). Have met quite a few really nice guys on Yahoo Personals here in Charlotte, NC.
It has taken Yahoo a ridiculously long time, but it is finally rolling out an option that will help protect users’ privacy when accessing their web-based email – HTTPS.
They’re not going to get satisfaction legally or financially.If you don’t have full-session HTTPS turned on for your webmail, anybody on your Wi Fi network could read any of the emails you write and receive using a tool like Fire Sheep, as they are transmitted from Yahoo to your browser.That’s because, without HTTPS, they are sent as unencrypted text. It’s unfortunate that Yahoo has made the HTTPS/SSL setting disabled by default, meaning that users are required to turn it on if they want better privacy.Follow @gcluley Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at https:// and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s.Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations.