It’s been two years since I conducted my internet-famous case study: Your Chances of Getting Laid through Craigslist
Just received this press release via email:
Tom Smiley of The Consenting Adults Network researched the popular classifieds’ personals section to determine how many online advertisements were actually legitimate. The results were astonishing.
(PRWEB) November 1, 2008 — The Consenting Adults Network would like to announce the publishing of a very important Case Study which exposes and documents what an issue scammers have become for online personals and dating websites alike.
The Craig’s List Case Study examined personal advertisements posted with pictures in the w>m category from one day in all U.S. cities, with the hope of gaining a better understanding of exactly how big of an issue scammers have become for websites like Craig’s List. The results of the study were extremely disturbing and a blow to hopeless romantics out there everywhere. After reviewing 6,590 personal advertisements, it was found that 84% (possibly even as high as 91%) of the personal advertisements examined were by imposters posting fake ads.
Tom Smiley, creator of OnlinePersonalsFraud.com, had this to say about the results. “Scams and fraud have long been a headache for the online dating industry, and we knew there was alleged fraud in the Craig’s List personals. We just didn’t know how bad it actually had become. To get the full impact of this study you need to go through and look at the data we collected. As you read through the fake ads you won’t be able to help feeling betrayed and disgusted. I can’t even begin to imagine how many victims are out there.”
The methodology and documentation to support these findings can be reviewed at www.OnlinePersonalsFraud.com where the Case Study is published in its entirety.
OnlinePersonalsFraud.com is a research project started by Tom Smiley of The Consenting Adults Network for the purpose of documenting scams and fraud in online personals and dating websites. He argues that dynamic identity verification is the key to fighting fraud and improving the quality of these services. By exposing online scams and fraud he hopes online personals and dating websites alike will take more pro-active measures to better serve their members.
About The Consenting Adults Network
By integrating current and developed internet technologies into a new software solution, the CA-Network (www.ca-network.org) offers its premium members a better, safer and more discreet online personals experience. Technically an “information screening service”, the CA-Network provides a medium by which mature adults can search for others with similar interests while offering them additional options to be more discreet about their online activities.
Looks like somewhat of a publicity stunt for another online personals website, so take the results with a grain of salt.