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Our Newest Chinese Dating Scammer is a Serious Cause for Concern    

By John Abbot
9452 Views | 18 Comments | 7/30/2013 6:05:41 AM

Always report scammers, even the dumb ones.

Yesterday we placed a member named SongSong1976 in Scammer Prison, and we think want to bring her case to your attention. What makes this particular Scammer so important? We put lots of Scammers in our prison, but they rarely rate a blog post, so what’s the big deal? Here’s why we are concerned about this particular Chinese dating Scammer.

“Her” Story

SongSong1976 registered from an IP in Guangzhou, China, and stated in her profile that “she” is a 37 year old Chinese woman whose first language is Chinese (Mandarin). Her “About Me” section is written in Engish but shows some errors that are characteristic of Chinese writers. She did not post a photo, and she began contacting CLM members. Shortly after that “she” upgraded to a Gold membership by way of a bank deposit.

After some messaging with one member, he developed suspicions of her and decided to search the email address she had sent him in Google (which was not the same as the address she had registered with CLM). He discovered a Scam report on the internet regarding that address and reported her to us.

After receiving his report we investigated and found other reasons beyond the Scam report the member reported to conclude beyond any doubt that she is a Scammer and we placed her in Scammer Prison and sent out notices to anyone with whom she had any form of contact.

Since then another member, upon receiving our notice, has provided the following letter received from the Scammer via private email together with the photo seen above:

Scammer Letter

Hello my Dear,
How is everything? I know it's all good.
My name is Thelma Shalu, an Ivorian in West Africa.Presently I am
residing in the refugee camp here in Dakar Senegal as a result of the
civil war going on in my country.
I am a beautiful loving young girl of 22 years, about 5'8" tall. slim
fit, weighing
about 60 kg. My father Dr. Fidelis Shalu was a successful businessman, he
deals on Gold and Diamond before the rebels attacked our house one
evening and kill him with my mother and my only brother. I'm the only one
alive from the family.
By the grace of God I made my way to a nearby country where I 'm
presently living as a refugee.
My dear, I came in the site to search for love and care which I have not gotten for a very long time since I lost my family members. I hereby believe that in time to come you will be by my side and I will show you unreserved love and respect through out my life time .
Dear, I want to know more about you, your real name, Your real country, your occupation, your age your hobbies and what you are doing
presently.
My hobbies are swimming, dancing, singing, cooking, reading, sports and watching movies.
I have attached my pictures here for you to know me very well. In my next mail I will tell you more about
myself.
I wait your reply with impatience.
Thelma

The Importance of Member Diligence and Reporting

This case clearly involves one person (or more) in China, who either is Chinese or can read Chinese sufficiently to register on our site in Chinese and can write English in what appears to be Chinglish, working with one person (or more) in an African country who then attempts to perpetrate the scam.

In this case the internet scammers weren’t particularly bright and made several mistakes that led them to be caught and members notified, not the least of which was attempting to set up the oldest and most well known scam in the internet age and sending a photo of an African woman while supposedly being Chinese. However, their method of registering made them difficult to detect for us at the approval stage. They would not have been caught by us before the damage was done if not for member reporting.

This is why none of you members can relax on your due diligence to ensure every member you are dealing with is who she says she is, and also why it is crucial that you report members who are suspicious to you for whatever reason.

Please always keep that in mind and please, like the member who reported SongSong1976, always report members you believe may not be legitimate, and provide your reasons for suspecting them. We are trying to be the most Scammer free website in not only online Chinese dating, but in online dating generally, and we can't do it without our members' help.

Copyright owned jointly by Author and CyberCupid Co., Ltd. Breach of copyright will be prosecuted.
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#2013-07-30 08:25:32 by anonymous7037 @anonymous7037

哈哈,,,我也曾收到过一封和这封信内容差不多的信,里面的非洲小女孩装出一付可怜像,谎称家中的人都被叛乱分子给杀光就她一个幸存的活了下来,,,她把我当成了一个‘傻男人’向我倾诉着她的不幸遭遇,其结局不爱乎还是‘钱’,,不过,由此看出非洲这样的地方,还真是个盛产骗子的国度,虽然他们的骗术很容易被人识破,但是他们‘不机灵’的脑袋瓜,似乎依旧在延续着一种很愚蠢,很古老,也很过时的骗术,而且这些骗人的经过,也从来也没有什么创新和改变,使看的人一眼就能洞查出是骗子语言。

#2013-07-30 11:32:30 by anonymous7041 @anonymous7041

早在我的心目中,黑人就骗子的代名词,不是我种族歧视他们,事实摆在这,是他们败坏了自己的名声,自己搞臭了自己。

#2013-07-30 13:46:17 by ecoluv @ecoluv

@JohnAbbot Good catch! John, just thinking in my own boxhead about this. Would a mandatory security image stop a lot of this? Or would they just get the 'thelma' to take a photo and then post it instead. Scammers have to be the creative bunch to keep on perpetrating their rather dark deeds.

#2013-07-30 21:04:07 by cotswoldrambler @cotswoldrambler

Well done John, your efforts are appreciated.

I have suspected it for some time but we had a program on TV last night all about dating sites. They have proved that the company that runs several sites in the UK actually create the scammers themselves. They employ people to create false identities which then send out emails to the poor unsuspecting members who are not currently paying a subscription.

The members believe they are getting real messages.... until they stop the moment the hopeful member has handed over their money.

#2013-07-30 22:09:48 by scubaguy14 @scubaguy14

Refugee camps have internet now :)
I have never replied to any one supposedly from Africa

#2013-07-30 22:52:42 by anonymous7049 @anonymous7049

非常感谢伊甸园的工作人员,谢谢你们的辛勤工作,营造一个放心,诚信的气氛。伊甸园是我心中最好的交友平台。非常非常地感谢伊甸园!

#2013-07-30 22:57:05 by jackw @jackw

To be honest these Africans and they are Africans try it on regularly on language sites as well as here. I have got used to the names they use that two words and I know where they are from and what they are up to. There intelligence for thinking up names is so limited.

#2013-07-31 06:52:53 by anonymous7055 @anonymous7055

是的,伊甸园是个干净的交友平台,

#2013-07-31 08:50:08 by anonymous7058 @anonymous7058

对于这样的骗子,最好的办法是 将计就计,戳穿了她,也没多大意思,不用和她废话,直接了当的告诉她‘我喜欢白肤色的女孩’

#2013-07-31 09:18:48 by gaspasser @gaspasser

Good job John... My Chinese fiancee is on her way by train to southern China for her K1 fiancee visa interview at an American Embassy on August 5th. I am sure she will get her visa, then she will buy a plane ticket to Chicago and will arrive here on Sept. 10th. I will meet her down there and bring her up to our home here in northern Michigan and we will begin our new life together. Thank you for all of your advice and information... keep up the good work.

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