Their target of choice – wealthy foreign executives. Our friend “Louis”, a rising VP from a large Canadian corporation, found her while searching the internet for a certain restaurant on The
Her picture popped up in the margin with a caption “Looking for Mr.
After analyzing over 500,000 Jiayuan profiles flagged as scams by the site’s employees, researchers found over 57,000 accounts engaging in a clever scam termed “date for profit.” The scam starts when when an owner of a fancy restaurant hires an attractive woman and has her create a dating profile.
The woman then asks a male victim found on the site to take her out on a date at that specific restaurant.
There is usually the promise that the fictitious character will one day join the victim in the victim's country.
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.
Many lonely and single foreigners working far away from home here in China, too often get lonely and eventually cannot resist the singles ads on the big five Beijing and Shanghai internet portals which collectively have over 2,000 available women all claiming to be searching for true love and marriage on any given day.
One of our own associates, sadly learned the reality of these lovely ladies, and aside from suffering a broken heart, he also lost ,000 – and a good bit of old Chinese “face” (pride).Each email will cost her two translations, one for yours and one for her reply.There may also be a fee for registration and/or finding a "suitable partner". You cannot make direct contact with each other without using the agency.From there, they’ll typically rack up a large tab ranging from 0 to ,000.After the victim pays for the meal, the woman is never heard from again.Upon finding victims, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, (such as providing an e-mail address) to allow for fraud to occur.