With the rise of these sites, legislation has been passed in Japan outlawing the practices, though it hasn’t exactly stopped manipulative jerks from setting up such site operators, as a group of eight executives were arrested last week for operating multiple scam sites.
▼ Miura Tetsuo, one of the executives arrested [tweet https://twitter.com/Brenan Staci/status/606706168250040321 align=center] The scam sites apparently had a total of 2.7 million members — and all but one of them were men!
The rest of the “women” the male members were chatting with online were all paid fakes!
So easy, in fact, Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency made a site warning people to be careful on dating sites.
Here’s one ad they produced, mocking dating site ads common on the Internet. (I’m just a after all…).” [tweet https://twitter.com/caa_shohishacho/status/540354817839751169 align=center] It’s important to note that the sites run by the arrested executives weren’t just rip-offs of Match.com, but also used messaging apps to spam users with mail from “cute girls” who were looking for someone to talk to.
The text balloons read: “I’d like to meet you…(I get charged to send you messages? While we all know better than to respond to spam, Line makes it easy to add people as a friend, so it would be easy to trick people to thinking it’s a random acquaintance.
When I moved to Japan about five years ago, I quickly realized that finding love in this country was not going to be an easy task.
We have a fine heritage of successful match-making having launched the original, award-winning 'Farmer Wants a Wife' initiative back in 1999.
Since then, through the series in the magazine and the BAFTA nominated TV show, we have been bringing together happy couples across the country.
Obviously, being careful online is always important — like avoiding Source Forge and their bundled adware, not giving your bank information to Nigerian princes, and not spending excessive amounts of money on dating sites.
But we also have to admit that it’s easy to be tricked.
Fortunately, Internet dating sites have helped us cut through the trial-and-error process to find people we have deep, personal connections with — or, at least, who swiped right.
Unfortunately, online dating is also ripe for abuse, exploitation, and scams.
The sites employed male part-time workers to chat with the members, who reportedly paid in 6.6 billion yen (about US.5 million) since the sites started in 2004.