Asian Dating ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.
A Quick Guide To Spotting Asian Romance Scammers
Chinese ladies are very beautiful, and there are many success stories of marriages between Western men and Chinese women. However, finding the Chinese girl of your dreams can be a long and hard process, especially if you go down the online dating route. There are large numbers of Chinese ladies on most Asian dating sites, but sorting the decent ones from the dishonest ones takes a bit of effort. Thankfully, Chinese dating site scammers are rarer than Thai or Filipina scammers, but you still need to be vigilant.
China can be a bewildering place to understand or visit for a Western Man! Chinese Women equally so!
Here are some ways of reducing the chance of being scammed by a Chinese dating site scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.:
- The first and most obvious one is to never send money to somebody you’ve met online. Break this rule and you’re going to regret it later.By all means send small gifts at certain times of the year (e.g. her birthday, Chinese Valentine’s day etc.), but keep your cash in your wallet. Speaking from personal experience, do not send expensive items like jewelry through the Chinese postal system – they’ll get stolen. Send bears, plush animals, chocolate and other sentimental but low-value items.
- Scammers usually make the first contact with you, so be a little more wary of Chinese ladies on dating sites who approach you first.
- Most Chinese scammers are in the 18-25 age group. Avoid these ladies on online dating sites. If you’re 40 or older then the age difference is too great anyway. If you’re a younger man then avoid the mail order bride route altogether and look for one of the many Chinese students studying in Western countries. Or just take a year out and teach English in China or something.
- Be aware of the bait and switch tactic where a lady you meet on one dating site suggests you move to another in order to talk more easily. This usually means that she’s a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. and wants to avoid detection by the first site, or that she’s bait for a more expensive dating site where you’ll have to pay much more in order to chat to her.
- Scammers will often be talking to several other men at the same time. Consequently, they find it hard to remember their life stories. Take your time chatting to women on dating sites, and if you spot any inconsistencies in what they’re telling you then be more cautious.
- It is important to remember that scammers operate on all dating sites. Just because you’ve paid for a membership doesn’t make the site any safer. Free dating sites such as DateInAsia are often more hazardous than a subscription site such as Chinese Cupid, but the reality is that there are good and bad ladies on all of the Asian dating sites.
- Chinese ladies in particular often post airbrushed photos of themselves on dating sites. This is largely a cultural thing – Chinese cities are full of photographic studios, and most Chinese ladies will have thousands of photos of themselves at home. While not really a scam, just be aware that that beautiful lady might not look that good in real life. Insist on seeing natural photos before you jump on that plane to Beijing!
- Scammers are more common in modern Chinese cities which are more Westernized. Be particularly careful about ladies living in Nanning, Shenzhen, and Shanghai. Ladies from the interior provinces (Hunan, Hubei, Sichuan) are often more honest as they won’t be so clued up about how to scam men on dating sites.
- Scammers are usually young and beautiful. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
- Probably a bigger problem than dishonest ladies are dishonest marriage agencies, dating sites, and translators.Sadly, corruption and deceit is common in Chinese business. Many men have had huge problems with the marriage agencies representing the ladies they go to visit in China. Be on your guard at all times. Do not go on any shopping trips with your lady – she may be working with the store owners. Do not trust your translator – especially if supplied by the marriage agency or lady herself. And before you visit China, make sure you have a very good idea of how much stuff should cost in China, otherwise, you may get scammed.
- Finally, remember that life in China is hard, with low salaries and long working hours. There are plenty of Chinese ladies who will do anything to leave the country.So you also need to be on the lookout for green card/visa scammers. These ladies have a longer-term game plan, and so they can be a lot more difficult to spot than the basic money scammers. Just be wary of anyone who wants to find a man of any age or a woman who talks a lot about marriage. Ladies who have friends or family in your country should also be regarded with suspicion, as they might just be looking for a way to join their relatives.
Although there are plenty of internet dating horror stories, bear in mind that usually, the victim has broken the first rule. Again – never send money to anyone you’ve met on an online dating site.
Take your time on dating sites, think with your head, and you should be able to avoid most of the Chinese scammers you may encounter on Asian dating sites.
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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?
It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.
Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:
- Local PoliceLocal Police The Local Police is your first responder in most countries. In most English-speaking countries and in Europe report to them first. In other countries look for your national cybercrime police units to report scams to. In the U.S., Canada, & Australia, you must report to the local police first. – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
- Your National Police or FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. (www.IC3.gov)
- The ScarsSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS. Worldwide Reporting Network HERE or on www.Anyscam.com
This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.
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