If you are single gay men, you would most definitely be on any of the gay dating apps. And, if you are very naïve, you are most definitely talking to the wrong person. Many of the pretty faces with no bio you are talking to could be fake gay dating app profiles.
Guys use fake profiles for all sorts of reasons – to kill their time, to sext you to play with their fantasies or to simply catfish you. These profiles are everywhere, trying to sell you poppers or steal your profile information, trick you into downloading malware, or even beg you to send them money. But, how do you not talk to this desperate bi**es and report their profiles to help another newbie on the block? Thankfully, there are a handful of telltale signs that give away fake profiles. Here they are:
- Profiles with no bio
Most of the gays are blabbering mouths (in a good way), which means they never shy away from talking about them, be it real life or their gay dating profile. Who can blame us? A bio on a gay dating site is a way to advertise our personality to other singles.
If a profile doesn’t include one, this begs the question. Believe it or not, some online gay dating scammers use BOT scripts to create multiple profiles to divulge profitable personal data. Thank god, Blued is not one of those gay dating apps. Still, you should be super alert about a poorly written bio, which is often even more of a dead giveaway than the lack of one altogether.
- Profiles with low res, a few, or no photos
On any gay dating app, the first things your eyes roll down to are photos. So, when guys who are trying to meet you have at least only one photo, it raises a red flag. When someone has low-resolution photos or no photos of them whatsoever, there’s a good chance the profile is fake.
- Profile that seems too good to be true
If a profile seems too good to be true, it probably is. If a profile makes the guy sound like the perfect partner, hit the brakes. When you start wondering to yourself why the guy with the swimmer’s abs is into you, re-assess things before you go on a ‘chatting spree’ with this guy. We are not saying it’s not possible, we are just asking you to be careful simply because this guy could be using someone else’s pictures. Before reporting his profile, ask him to connect on a video call. If he says “No”, you know why.
- Profile with flooding URLs
Blued has improved the game on this one, however, many gay dating applications still have this problem. Some profiles sometimes watermark their photos with URLs for shady websites, to advertise to guys to go to those URLs. If that’s the case, you can be pretty certain that it’s a fake profile. Report and hop on the next gay profile.
- Profiles that turn into exotic massage services
Blued has programs that repeatedly monitor the app for fake profiles with suspicious behavior. It only takes a few taps for a fake profile to get banned. You can help us report profiles that try to drive the conversation to some off-app exotic messaging service.
The person using this profile will often say something like “I don’t like talking here” or “This app is weird; let’s chat on WhatsApp.” If their answer to your every question is this, then their Blued profile is on the verge of getting banned at any moment. If they have a vested interest in keeping the conversation going, this should be a big red flag.
- Profiles that respond with superhuman speed
If you thought 60 words per minute was fast, think again. You might have come across someone who can reply with a whole paragraph in the time it took you to spell ‘coffee’. Yes, bots can type much faster than humanly possible. So, if you’re not sure how someone could type that fast, report the profile.
- Profiles that respond to your messages with nonsense
As quoted in point 4, many fake gay profiles are designed to redirect you to shady websites. Because bots are not human, their conversation lines are often canned and clunky. Even if you ask them something, they will reply with something completely unrelated, directing you to some kind of service outside of the dating app. A good rule of thumb is reporting them for feeling like spam. It’s that simple.