To check that this wasn't some strange anomaly, on 5 July 2014 I created another fake account, "John Smith", aged 88 (the maximum age it is possible to set for men on asiandate.com), with profile description ("A Few Words About Yourself") set to "I am an old and decrepit man with terminal cancer and absolutely no money. As with "Michael"'s account, I provided no photographs.Within two days, the account received 15 letters, with similar results as for "Michael" - many of the writers claimed to have read, and to be attracted to "John" based on, his profile; many of them provided more than one photograph.In any case, the frequency of the pop-ups didn't abate - if anything, it increased.
Below is a screenshot of the letter in question, in which I have circled the smoking gun in red.
Please take a moment to consider the implications of this. Presumably, your letter is assigned to a paid member of the team, who, with the help of software, with minimal effort crafts a passably "personal" response to your letter, which you pay between $4 and $8 to read, and another between $4 and $8 to respond to.
The site, which I won't link to, because I don't want to improve its search ranking, is asiandate.com, also operating under the domain aliases (i.e.
without the "n"), and (more on these alternative domain names later), and redirecting upon registration from the domain
It is even strongly suggestive of systemic scamming - that these letters are sent out by the system itself rather than by personal agents.
Today (14 July 2014), I came upon the smoking gun that all but proves that this is the case: the second line of a letter from "Shanshan(Joan)" contained a typo which reveals that, apparently, variables such as can be set in these letters, strong evidence that these letters are actually generated by a script which replaces variables with values and then automatically sends the letters out.
I'll summarise the results of the fake profile first.
On 27 June 2014, I registered a fake profile, leaving all details unset other than name, age and profile description ("A Few Words About Yourself"), which I set (respectively) to "Michael Michaelson", 70, and "I'm just here to check whether this site is a scam. Notice that "Michael" explicitly requested only scammers to message him.
Within 24 hours, the letters began accumulating in "Michael's" inbox.