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Saying they're self-employed makes them more difficult to fact-check by searching a corporate website, Velasquez says.

And royalty have money they can send you, if you only give them your bank account information, while engineers may seem smart and thus trustworthy, Velasquez says.

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Although these countries are well known for scams, scammers nevertheless will be honest in their profile about where they're located because automated screening software looks for discrepancies between stated locations and where people actually sign onto the site.

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.

Scammer talk a lot about spirituality in the messages they send, too.

Velasquez thinks this helps them seem more moral and trustworthy.

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.

Then a person on staff looks through the flagged profiles and decides whom to ban, Velasquez says.

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Seeking Arrangement has never found a fraudulent profile in which the person said he or she had a high school diploma and no bachelor's degree, Velasquez says.

Certain races Although American Indians make up less than 2 percent of the U. population, 36 percent of scam profiles say they're Native.

Lovin' God Scammers are mostly Catholic, or at least they say they are.

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