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(This may be specific to Seeking Arrangement, where most of the wealthy "sugar daddy" users are straight men. "These men and women tug on your heartstrings," Velasquez says.
Velasquez thinks this helps them seem more moral and trustworthy.
Password preferences Or maybe they really do identify as religious?
Then a person on staff looks through the flagged profiles and decides whom to ban, Velasquez says.
Scammer talk a lot about spirituality in the messages they send, too.
Shifty jobs Twenty-six percent of scammers say they're engineers, 25 percent say they're royalty and 23 percent say they're self-employed.
Saying they're self-employed makes them more difficult to fact-check by searching a corporate website, Velasquez says.
"Because of the fact that we do cater to wealthy demographic, we do get an influx of scammers," he says. Seeking Arrangement got its latest stats from screening new profiles over 10 months.
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.