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Scientists have developed an algorithm that can spot dating scams.
A team of researchers trained AI software to 'think like humans' when looking for fake dating profiles.
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While the algorithm has only been deployed in a research setting, it could one day be used to protect users on popular dating services like Tinder and Match.com.
The study was conducted by a group of researchers from the University of Warwick and published this week.
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Researchers first trained the algorithm by supplying it with profiles that were already deemed fake.
From this, the AI was able to detect recurring elements between the profiles that might indicate it as being fake.
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For example, the fake profiles might share the same phone number or IP address, as well as include stolen material, such as someone else's photo or user bio.
Additionally, many of the fake profiles used similar 'stylistic patterns of persuasive messaging,' not unlike the repeated language you might see across spam emails.
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After scanning all the fake profiles, the algorithm applied its knowledge to profiles submitted to online dating services and come to a conclusion on the probability of each profile being fake.
In total, only one percent of the profiles it flagged as fake were genuine, according to the University of Warwick.
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