On this site, The person and who they really are and any personal information is quite irrelevant. It's not a social site. Some people have good reason to hide their true identity because of harassment or stalkers or hostile exes. And, it's fun to pretend. Although my profile pic is really me it's also pretend as a joke for an atheist I photoshopped by adding the bolts of lightning stars and angels to make me look like Zeus. There, the truth is out, are you satisfied, I can't really throw bolts of lightning. - The only thing that really matters here are the questions you ask and answer and comment on.
Maybe because some people want an account on something, but they don't want to give any real info because they are scared to give it out, or they could be in witness protection! ;) But other times, people do it so they can stalk other people on Facebook. And personal reasons.
I don't usually admit this but my profile is completely phony.
In real life I'm the 25 year-old owner of a successful dot.com company. I drive a Ferrari and live in an oceanfront mansion in one of the most exclusive areas of Australia. I am single and have film star good looks. In fact, I'm so rugged that I was approached by director, Christopher McQuarrie to play the part of Jack Reacher in his movie. When I refused he was forced to use that little squirt, Tom Cruise.
The photograph I use on Ask is really my grandfathers but he lets me use it so that the girls won't throw themselves at me all the time.
People are individuals and only they know why they would have a "fake" profile....or not.
Susan_18, how do we know YOU have a true profile? Maybe you are really an old guy pretending to be a young woman. The point is, NO ONE knows if anyone else's profile is real. Nor do we need to. Speculate all you want, but that is part of being online. You MUST be wary of who you trust.