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Automatic Romance Scam Classifier

This repository holds resources for a number of classifiers and preliminary experiments aimed at identifying online dating fraud profiles using only their accessible profile elements.

If you make use of these resources, please cite: (CITATION)


Due to ethical constraints, we do not host a static dataset. Instead, we provide scripts which allow for data to be scraped from a public scamlist and dating site. For more information, see data/

Ensemble Classifier

The approach we use is an SVM ensemble classifier based on three components: a RF+NB classifier operating on multiple profile demographic information, an SVM classifier operating on self-descriptions and an SVM classifier operating on automatically-extracted image captions. The code for the ensemble relies on each of these components.


A number of additional experiments and results pertaining to this dataset are available in appendices.

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