I’ve never been a member of Badoo. The first time I heard about it was through an email invitation several years ago, and when I checked out the site I felt it was too dating-site like so I didn’t join it. Not that I have anything against dating sites or people who frequent them. It’s just not my thing. Although I did co-own a dating site several years ago but decided to take it down due to software-malfunction (Boonex Dolphin: AVOID AT ALL COST!) and the number of LIARS that signed up.
It is easy for webmasters to spot a liar, especially one that isn’t meticulous with his/her work. As a webmaster, we are able to obtain IP addresses of all registrants. So if the registrant claims to be in USA but their IP address points to e.g. Senegal, I ban them. This was a tough time-consuming job. Most “liars (i.e. potential scammers)” were from the West African region, such as Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, etc.
Most of the time they will upload pictures of people who have signed up at other dating sites or pictures obtained from the internet and pass it off as their own. These scammers were so careful to hide it from the admin account(s) to avoid being banned or discovered so I did the worst (and best) thing a webmaster could have done: I tracked them down using the database and not the crappy software.
The database allowed me to “pry” into my members’ private inbox and helped me identify suspicious behaviour. There were several scammers sending out the same ‘copy & paste’ messages to as many male members as possible. I even had some members replying to these scammers. It was such a sad situation. I spent a lot of time banning people so I was more than glad to get away from that “job”.
No matter how many times I warn people I know or people reading my blogs about being cautious online, many don’t seem to care or believe me. Their minds are flooded with financial greed or marital desperation to the point where they’re looking at the situation through the eyes of desire that they fail to recognize reality.
Badoo Case Study
Recently, someone I know who is a member of Badoo was almost scammed. This is a true story. The lady (English isn’t her first language) was being chatted up by a guy who claimed to be British. Except he was fluent in French (which the lady is literate in). This “Briton” was apparently a businessman; his business takes him to places in Africa and Asia. She later told me that she did find it weird that his English didn’t seem fluent at all, almost like he could barely speak English. Anyway, he would chat her up via Badoo messages, text and even phone calls. These phone numbers were always different – he was a traveller after all. I can tell you that fortunately, this particular person wasn’t scammed. She got out of it in the nick of time. But some people aren’t as lucky.
This is how this particular scam works: the guy tries to talk about how beautiful and wonderful the girl is. He talks about a relationship, and gives this girl a vision of what might be. So the girl falls in love with the idea of dating a successful guy who gives her so much attention. He then tells her that he will send her a gift. The gift isn’t a cheap one, according to him it costs thousands of dollars or pounds. Even tens of thousands. He claims to have sent it through a “middle-country”. I.e. he sends it from where he is and before it arrives to your country, it is held at the customs (or courier – *if there is a website link and tracking ID then the whole website is either part of the scam – check the authenticity of the existence of this courier service or website…or the ID number/password) of a neighbouring or the stopover country. Now, because the item(s) are so expensive they require you to send several thousands of dollars or pounds for it to be released from customs (or courier). You believe all this because it is a lady or another person from that country telling you that your items cannot be released until you pay the fees.
What you do not know is that there is NO item and that this customs (or courier) person is in on the scam. You send them the money and they will either disappear or tell you that there are other charges/fees that you will have to pay before they can send you the item.
I know what you’re thinking. “But…the guy showed me his pictures!”, “but the guy called me from England!”, “but…!” All these but questions can be answered. For instance, Skype allows you to purchase an online number. You can choose the country you want this number to be from, e.g. US, UK, Hong Kong, Italy, etc. If you have this number, you can call any phone number in the world and they will believe that you are in that particular country because that’s what is written as your country code. You can also text them through this number.
Pictures are easily obtainable. For example, you can type up anyone’s name on Facebook and if their privacy settings are set to public you will be able to browse through (and download) the person’s personal pictures. It could be holiday pictures, images taken at work or a park, in their home, webcam shots, etc. So the variety of pictures will show the same person, at different locations. If a scammer shows you these pictures it is easy for people to think that the scammer is who they say they are.
Please browse through these recommended links and read the experiences of people who fell victim to these crimes and therefore lost a lot of money.
- Dating Site – Badoo
- What Nigerian 419 Scammers Think of You
- Thankful I Am Still Safe Even Though Money Is Gone
- Badoo Use By Scammers
- Badoo Fraudulent Account Creation and Unauthorized Personal Data Usage
- I Think I Am Romance Scammed
PLEASE BE AWARE!!! ….. PLEASE BEWARE!!!