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.

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

Velasquez thinks this helps them seem more moral and trustworthy.

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.

Password preferences Or maybe they really do identify as religious?

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