Jump4Love, No Scams, No Fakes, Only Real Girls. Really?

I want to take issue with Jump4Love.

Since the launch of this blog outlining my personal experience, Jump4Love have attempted to counter my real life experience with at least 10, and probably many more sites making the claims which they know to be untrue. These rebuttal sites typically state that the site contains “no scams, no fakes and only real girls”. Firstly, the can never guarantee this and second it is patently untrue.

To reassure unsuspecting men, they state that all profiles and photos are verified and this is “guaranteed”. What they fail to make clear, is that any verification is completed by the local agents they use as they confirmed to me in writing. But herein lies the problem, most of the fake profiles are actually added to, or managed by the local agents, who typically receive some 50% of the revenues generated.

Let me provide a typical example.

Girl A decides she wants to find a husband from outside Ukraine. She visits a local ‘marriage agancy’ and they provide her with a free photoshoot. After all, they want to ensure that the girl looks her best, because she is their ‘product’. After a few weeks, the girl becomes dissolutioned and tells the agency she wants to leave and asks them to remove her profile. However, the local agency doesn’t want to lose their ‘investment’, so they either refuse, tell her they will remove it in due course, or just remove it from one of the dating sites. What men need to realise is most local agencies have contracts with a number of different international dating sites, so Girl A’s profile could be on several sites, with or without her knowledge. There have, for example, been claims by men that they have had letters from the “same girl” on different sites and girl doesn’t remember them. It doesn’t take a genius to work out why!

Once Girl A has gone on her way, Girl B takes over the profile. Girl B will continue to write letters and have chat sessions without video for as long as she can get away with it. Whatever Jump4Love state in their rebuttal blogs, they have NO way of knowing how many of these profiles have been taken over by another ‘employee’ of the local agent. However, whilst Jump4Love may not know which of these profiles are no longer managed by the original girl, they most certainly know it happens and they have admitted this to me. Interestingly, unless things have changed more recently, Jump4Love conduct no local audits of girls profiles…and if they were doing this, then you can be sure they would tell you about it.

Another way a local agent can drum up business is by hijacking the identity if unsuspecting girls. Images can be stolen from local social media sites or even modelling sites. In fact, some images are not even drawn from Eastern European sites. So how is this possible. Well, at least with Jump4Love, the local agent is responsible for verifying identities…so it is simple and, of course, this is precisely how I was scammed.

I made some suggestions to Jump4Love to avoid rogue agencies and fake profiles, which included, for example, unannounced local audits, and prevented the local agencies from replacing all of the images on a particular profile. From what I can see, they have not implemented any of my suggestions and the reason is almost certainly profit. These sites are a business, if they lose profiles, whether they are real or fake, then they lose income.

Now, unlike some others, I do not claim that Jump4Love are complicit in any fraud. For what it is worth, I think these are a local issue. However, I do make clear that I believe they could do more to prevent fake profiles appearing on their site. The decision not to is their, but what really irks me, is that they continue to mislead men by making claims that are patently untrue. No site can claim that they only have real girls, no site can claim that they have no fakes…and most certainly not Jump4Love.

My advice to anyone considering spending their mony on the Jump4Love site is don’t. If you want to meet Eastern European girls then go to one of the social media sites (Classmates or VK.com), you can set up a profile and contact girls directly. Or, use a free site such as fdating.com.

Of course, you can still be scammed by a girl asking you directly for money, but there are many sites on the internet that cover this particular aspect. In fact, many dating sites will have information on these types of scams. However, this is, in my opinion, just a smokescreen to hide the fact that the most profitable scams take place at the behest of the local agents. And, whilsy the dating sites may not have specific information on each fake profile, they certainly know that it happens. Any claim otherwise is at best disingenuous and at worst, a blatant lie.

Jump4Love issues balance of refund after 15 months

I am pleased to confirm, that in spite of the fact that it has taken some 15 months, Jump4Love has finally repaid me for the credits I purchased to communicate with a girl who subsequently turned out to be operating under a false identity. A fraud, a scam, deception, call it what you will. In my particular case, this girl conspired with the director of a Nikolaev based Marriage Agency to complete the deception. However, whilst Jump4Love may also have been duped in this particular case, the fact is, Jump4Love failed, at that time, to demonstrate reasonable care to limit the possibility of fraud or deception. I don’t know if their systems, procedures or processes have improve in the interim, but hopefully, having had to refund in excess of $17,000 (over a period of 15 months), I hope they will have learned their lesson.

If anyone else suspects or knows that they have been the victim of a deception, where a girl, for example, has used a fake identity, I would urge and actively encourage them to pursue the website owners. It may require patience and persistence, but the only way website owners will improve their systems and processes is when they are hit in the pocket. Too often the owners of these dating sites think (and they may be correct) that victims will not want the hassle or will be too embarrassed to pursue a claim. Don’t give up and consider writing about your experience to aid others.

Am I still out of pocket? Yes, Jump4Love only refunded the money I paid using my main account, not the expenses I incurred when my suspicions were raised and I started investigating the suspected deception. In addition, the 15 month delays has meant that I have had to accept a lower amount than I initially paid because the refunds were made in USD and the Dollar has been relatively strong. In addition, I have had to accept poor exchange rates and bank fees for each credit. However, was it worth it? Yes, it was and I have to respect Jump4Love for accepting responsibility very early on, even if they have been incredibly slow in passing the credits.   As for me, I now consider the matter closed…and I have learned some valuable lessons.

Eastern European Dating sites, tips, advice and precautions

When you are using a dating or marriage website, the following could be potential red flags and I would urge you to proceed with caution and a firm hand on your wallet. The latter is not necessarily because the girl may ask you for money, but because you could end up spending a lot of money sending letters or using chat services to converse with a girl that is not serious. Remember, these sites always focus on “scammers” that ask for money, but the reality is, men waste considerably more money on communicating with girls and paying for website services such as translation, letters, chat and webcam. None of these pointers are definitive, but based on personal experience and the feedback I have received via this blog; they are an excellent indication of a red flag.

1. Check the profile pictures. Does it consist entirely of professional photographs? If the answer to this is yes, it is possible that these photos have been lifted from one of the many modelling sites on the internet and the individual behind the computer is someone completely different…and yes, it could also be a man. If you are suspicious and can’t see the girl on a webcam, ask for some ‘natural’ everyday photos.

2. Check the photos carefully. The use of “Photoshop” or its equivalents in Eastern Europe is commonplace. Contrary to popular myth, women in Eastern Europe age exactly the same as women in the rest of the world, but the use of photo enhancing software is commonly used to remove lines, blemishes and anything else that is considered unattractive. This does not mean the girl or the woman is a scammer, but it is a form of deception and, from a potential partner’s perspective, you want to see the real person, not an enhanced version. Once again, if in doubt and if you are interested in the girl, ask for a natural photo, preferable posed with friends or family.

3. Are the majority of the photos of the girl in scantily clad or in suggestive poses? If the answer is yes, you can be fairly certain that no self-respecting girl from Eastern Europe would sell herself this way. At least not if she was serious about looking for a future partner. These photos are designed to catch the eye and reel in naive men…and yes, it works. But these girls know that. Again, this is not a definitive indication of someone that is not serious, but it is certainly a red flag.

4. It is not uncommon to find that girls who are working for the local agencies are actually being paid a commission on income generated from men. As a consequence, some will set up fake profiles, especially if the website employs poor or non-existent identity checks or if they leave this aspect to the local agencies. Often, these identities are lifted from social networking sites such as VKontakte.com and Odnoklassniki.ru. Unless the website offers a webcam service, it is difficult to determine a fake profile from a genuine one. If you are suspicious it is worth asking the girl to send you a photo with something specific contained in it, perhaps a particular colour dress or with something (or someone) in the background or foreground that you determine.

If they have been lifting photos from a social networking site, this could prove difficult, though not impossible. Don’t accept excuses such as they don’t have a camera, girls in Eastern Europe love taking photos and you can be assured that they will have either their own camera, or access to one. In fact, the vast majority of girls have mobile phones with inbuilt cameras and, or a webcam that can take photos. The best advice I can give is of the girl resists or gets angry (a very common form of defence by Eastern European girls), is to save your money and walk away.

5. Another indication of a site filled with scammers and/or girls that are being paid a commission to communicate is the number of unsolicited letters or messages you receive, not just in the first few days of your membership, but also on a daily basis, especially when you are online. When you are on the site, the chances are you will go through the profiles and then contact a few girls you are interested in; this is a ‘normal’ approach.

Now read the unsolicited letters you have received. There is a very high possibility that these are generic in content, for example, they may not refer to you by name, they will most likely not relate to any personal information given in your own profile (hobbies, common interests, status etc), these letters will often include questions that you have already provided answers to in your own profile, they may be short, perhaps a question such as “Do you prefer girls that are blonde or brunette?” and if the website offers chat services, you can be fairly certain you will receive an invitation, because this generates income very quickly for the site, agency and more often than not, the girls. Let me make something quite clear, whilst some girls from Eastern Europe will be forward enough to make the first move they truly are a tiny minority, the vast majority, and I cannot stress this too highly, will expect and indeed demand that they are wooed and pursued.

Some girls will send out hundreds of letters as bait in the hope that a few naive men will respond and the reality is, this approach works. The best approach to use when communicating with these girls is to be a complete sceptic, these girls rely on the fact that men can be incredibly naive when contacted by an attractive girl and/or would not want to offend. Many of the girls that are on these sites just to earn a living are carefully coached and they know exactly how to exploit our weaknesses. I have spoken to two girls that were being paid a commission and they both told me that if they are willing to work at it, especially if they are using more than one profile, they could earn excellent commission through letters, without ever having to use chat or a webcam.

It is also worth remembering that many of these girls are incredibly lazy (or busy), therefore it is not uncommon for them to send very short letters which include questions and therefore require a response from the man. This can be very lucrative for the girls, especially if they start to use the letters as a form of chat message. Also, because the scammers are likely to be communicating with other men, they often get confused, ‘forgetting’ things you have previously told them. Beware, unsolicited letters, generic letters and short letters are a good indication that the girl is either not serious, or she is writing to many other men.

I can recall that on one occasion, two different girls, from different cites (3 months apart) described an identical car accident they had “witnessed”. On the first occasion, this traumatic event demanded a sympathetic response from me and we exchanged several letters. Obviously on the second occasion, I realised that it was a ‘war story’ shared between the girls. It doesn’t matter how streetwise we think we are, we are all capable of being gullible and guilty of being too trusting. Girls earning commission know this only too well and they exploit these weaknesses with no sense of remorse, we are just “rich Westerners”.

I can name one very well known website that runs regular competitions, with great prizes, for girls who generate the most letters or chat minutes. So, for the most part, you can ignore all the assurances given by website owners, this is just a lucrative business enterprise and as long as they don’t get too much negative publicity, they will encourage girls to engage men in conversation, not to find a partner, but to fill their coffers. Website owners can honestly state that they don’t pay the girls any form of commission, I am sure that this is true, however, they know that their local agencies can or do…and they simply turn a blind eye to it, only reacting if someone complains and there is irrefutable proof. You have been warned.

6. It is also worth looking at profile numbers to try and work out how long a girl has been on a particular dating site. On Jump4Love for example, there are girls that have been active on this site for 2 years or more. I ask you, is it really possible that an attractive girl can’t find a partner in 2 years? Of course, some of these accounts may have been reactivated, as is possible with some dating sites, but this is an open door for local agencies to deceive because additional checks by the websites are rarely, if ever made. Local agents can choose to reactivate an account and allow a different girl to sit behind the computer, yes it happens…and a lot more often than you would expect. This active account can then be used with virtual impunity for chat (without webcam) and letters.

7. Many girls will have you believe that they can only communicate with you via the marriage agency’s computers or in a cybercafé. Perhaps this is so, but the vast majority of these facilities include web cameras, so if the dating site offers a webcam facility, don’t be suckered into believing that the girl “doesn’t have a webcam”. Not having access to a webcam can normally be considered a very strong indicator that the girl has something to hide and it may be, for example, that the person you are communicating with is not the same as the one depicted in the profile. It is worth noting that the majority of local agencies use laptops with built in webcams. I know, for example, that many girls ask their friends at the agency to cover for them, so one girl may be responding to letters and chat messages for several other girls.

Even if you chat to a girl using a webcam, it is worth noting that some girls will go to great lengths to disguise their identity. This could be because they only have similar characteristics to the girl on the profile and/or because the photos have been so heavily doctored, that they no longer look the same. I have read several posts from men who have complained that the girl they have seen on a webcam barely resembles the one depicted in their profile photos. I also recall one girl telling me how she was “embarrassed” by the portfolio photos provided by her agency photographer, because they has been so heavily doctored, that everyone though she was or Oriental extraction. I kid you not!

For anyone that doubts it is possible to disguise their true identities I can reveal that tricks used to do this include adding transparent tape to the camera lens to distort the image. This clever trick gives the impression that the camera is of poor quality. Another common trick is to use poor lighting, or perhaps a combination of the two. Girls will go to great lengths to look to disguise themselves and this can include using a wig, or even wearing something a little risky to distract your attention. This is not Hollywood, it is happening and I have personally experienced these examples. These ‘tricks’ are typically used when the girl is communicating from home.

Disreputable local agencies that employ girls on a commission will often supply them with the loan of a free laptop for use at home. In return, the girl must spend a minimum amount of time online and will often have targets to achieve in respect of letters, chat minutes and so on. For local agencies this is a business and for many girls it is just a job. Elsewhere on this blog you will find examples of adverts that have been placed online and in newspapers targeting girls (often students) to work on these sites offering lucrative commissions, a free photography session and “flexible hours”. The girls will then be constantly monitored to ensure that the agencies can get a return on their investment.

8. Another useful clue that a girl may not be serious and/or the profile is fake is the amount of time they spend online or the hours they work. For example, it is not uncommon to find the same girls working identical hours each day. As with many businesses, these girls will often work ‘shifts’. Mornings, afternoons or, for the more determined, days, nights and/or weekends. It is not unusual to see a girls profile continuously active for 8, 10 hours or even more. Does anyone truly believe that any girl, especially an attractive one, would need, or indeed want to spend so much time on a dating site looking for a husband? Apply some objectivity here and you can quickly see a pattern emerging. Human nature tends to persuade us to give the benefit of the doubt, to trust or to be optimists…but I would urge anyone using these sites to retain a high degree of objectivity and yes, scepticism. Even the streetwise, intelligent and the wise amongst us have been successfully scammed or deceived.

If the girl tells you she is going to university or working, then ask yourself if this is compatible with the amount of time and the hours she is spending online?

9. Girls using webcams will often choose, or are required to use the facilities of their local marriage agency. This can often be confirmed by the fact that they look like as if they are in an office. In my experience these are typically the girls that work (yes, this was a deliberate use of the word) regular shifts. Worth noting however, is the fact that some of these girls will be operating several profiles and/or their own profiles on different sites simultaneously. Therefore, you should be wary of any girl that is often distracted and/or constantly asks to be excused whilst she has a drink or goes outside for a smoke (although most girls deny they smoke!). Sometimes, they may be distracted or amused as another girl in the office completes a “dance” for some pervert…yes this happens too! If the girl appears to be typing all the time, yet you receive very few messages, you need to consider the possibility that they are holding several simultaneous conversations either on the same site, or even a different one. Some sites, such as Jump4Love allow an unlimited number of men to communicate with a girl at the same time and view her webcam. Hardly romantic or conducive for an intimate exchange.

Regular users of chat will also be familiar with the some girls taking an incredible amount of time to respond to chat messages. This is can be as a consequence of the girl conducting a number of concurrent conversations or, because they are fully aware that the longer you chat, the more commission they will earn. So again, if you experience this type of behaviour, consider it another red flag.

10. Always remember that letters and chats on these websites should invariable mimic life. We all love to speak about ourselves and to exchange information about our past, present and future, often referring to the day’s events and people involved in our everyday lives such as family and friends. Whilst the ‘professional’ girls working on these sites will be experienced at inventing a character, it is unlikely they will want to write long letters, because they get paid the same amount of money, irrespective of the number or words written and let’s face it, many of these girls have very busy schedules! Similarly, it is unlikely that a girl you have never met will express her undying love after a few exchanges or be willing to discuss her dire financial situation. Too many men leave commonsense and logic at the door of the login page and it those that are susceptible to being scammed or deceived. I have to say I was also guilty of this, but based on feedback I have received and other posts on the internet, I was in the company of many, many others.

Finally, remember one very important point. The owners of these websites will constantly reassure you by telling you how they always attempt to minimise the risks of fraud. Always they will refer to girls that attempt to scam money directly from men, but they will never tell you about the most obvious and lucrative form of fraud and deception which benefits the websites, local agencies and the girls…and that is the money generated by girls that are paid a commission for communicating with you. By far and away, men will spend more money communicating with these girls than they ever will by sending money via Western Union.

Also be conscious of one other thing, if a girl is serious about you, then she will not want you to spend vast sums communicating via the website. Some sites will allow the exchange of personal information and some will force you to pay for it…but one thing is for certain, if the girl wants you to communicate directly with her, she will know exactly how to do this. Websites are keen to tell you how using the site allows them to monitor what is going on and protect you from the risks of fraud or deception. Whilst this may be true to a small extent, one thing is absolutely guaranteed, this ‘protection’ is limited at best and non-existent at worse. The bottom line is, if a website genuinely wants to protect you, they would employ more checks on their local agents, they will complete thorough initial and ongoing checks on the identity of the girls and they will monitor things like the amount of time a girl spends online each day, the number of letters she sends each day and the length of time she has been on the site. They won’t because they know what they don’t want you to know; these are the girls that generate the biggest returns.

If you are reading this article, the chances are you have already had your suspicions raised, or you want to use one of these dating sites for the first time. My advice is to approach with caution, or better still, try using a free Eastern European social networking site. Unless or until these marriage and dating websites clean up their act, they don’t deserve another cent!

Jump4Love, can they be trusted? Read this and decide for yourself

Q. – What is the mission of Jump4love?
A. – Jump4love is an intermediary between single men from all over the world and brides from Ukraine and Russia. We provide online communication facilities which are used by men and women to get in touch with each other. Our main purpose is to gather single ladies and men under one roof and give them a chance to develop their relations.

Q. – I am for the first time on your site. Are all girls there real?
A. – We closely check all new female profiles, request copies of their documents and interview our ladies before publishing them on the site. Our specialists are doing a lot of work keeping scammers and fake profiles out of the site. The best way to check if a women you like is real is to spend some minutes with her in video chat.

I have detailed two of the questions and answers listed on the Jump4Love website under Frequently Asked Questions as of 11th January 2012. In my opinion, based on personal experience and what I have been told, their answers are too ambiguous and self-serving to be considered fair or accurate. If Jump4Love want men to use their expensive communication services, then potential customers are entitled to be given an open and honest account of what Jump4Love do and don’t do. In the interests of fairness and providing a good counter-balance, I have produced what I consider to be a more accurate reflection of their current systems, procedures and policies.

Jump4Love claim that their “mission” and their “main purpose” is to be an intermediary between single ladies and men. This is complete bullshit of course, their main mission is profit, this is a business and I don’t understand why they are so coy about this. If their main mission was to act as an intermediary between single men and single girls, then they could offer this service free with advertiser support, or at a fraction of the price that they currently charge. For example: a two-way webcam chat is $1.20 a minute; does anyone see Jump4Love as a benevolent organisation? I don’t think so. It is also noteworthy, that whilst Jump4Love advertise that they are an “International Marriage Agency”, they recant this statement within their Terms of Use and, unsurprisingly providing considerably less prominence to the statement. The reason for this will become obvious in due course.

To understand what “checks” Jump4Love complete to protect men from scammers and from girls using fake profiles, first it is important to have an appreciation of how girls are added to the site. In common with many other dating sites, Jump4Love use third parties to recruit girls and Jump4Love variously (and confusingly) refer to these so called local “marriage agencies” as affiliates, agents and intermediaries. By their own admission, Jump4Love’s checks on successful agents or affiliates are limited to confirmation that they have an appropriate business licence and a copy of the passport for the ‘Agency Director’. Whilst the newly appointed agent has to agree to a set of terms, no financial or background checks are made on the business or the directors. Little wonder that Jump4Love is such a popular intermediary amongst the local marriage agencies!

Once appointed, these agents or affiliates are able to recruit and add new girls to the Jump4Love database. Jump4Love insist that a copy of the girls passport or identity document should be forwarded to them before a profile is activated. However, as my own experience demonstrated, these can easily be faked. Jump4Love now claim that girls are required to go on webcam with a copy of their passport, but I know for a fact, that this is not routine. Therefore, what Jump4Love will not tell you, is that the primary responsibility for ensuring that the girls are genuine, remains with their local agents, the same agents recruited with such minimal checks. However, rather than have a more robust screening process, Jump4Love prefer to distance themselves from this process by excluding any responsibility for the actions of their agents or affiliates within their Terms of Use! This is perhaps the most damning (and revealing) indictment of Jump4Love’s security measures. However, no matter what Jump4Love include in their Terms of Use, the fact remains, that in law, they ARE responsible where they have not demonstrated due diligence or a reasonable duty of care. In my view, based on the very limited checks completed on agents and girls, Jump4Love would have great difficulty justifying this exclusion in a court of law.

Once a profile has been activated, the local agents or affiliates are given free rein through their admin panel to amend and change profiles. Therefore, it is theoretically possible (and I know this happens), for a girl to be ‘approved’ by Jump4Love and then the profile completely changed with images of a different girl….sometimes within a few days. I once asked Jump4Love by email why local agents were permitted to change dates of birth or names, they never responded to my question! Jump4Love claim that there are “no fake profiles” in their tag lines, but they know this is not true. Jump4Love make it easy for dishonest local agents or affiliates to operate fake profiles. Common tactics utilised by dishonest local agencies include asking a girl known to the Agency director (or one of the girls), as a favour, or in return for payment to ‘borrow’ their identity; another is to have one girl ‘working’ several profiles while the other girls have a night off or are on holiday and the favourite, is to use ‘old’ profiles, where a girl has left. Good ‘earners’ are rewarded with additional fake profiles. Did I mention that whatever Jump4Love would have you believe, the vast majority of the girls recruited by local “marriage agencies” are paid a commission for chatting and writing to men?  Jump4Love suggest that you confirm girls are real by viewing them in video chat and this appears like good advice. However, a word of warning, if the girl looks different to the photos (this is not uncommon), then she probably is…and another favourite is to use poor lighting and/or cover the camera with cellophane to reduce the quality of the image. Some girls do not show their face at all, but these are mainly ‘professionals’ that cater for the many perverts that frequent this site looking for a cheap thrill.

Jump4Love told me that they do not allow girls to delete or deactivate their profiles in case they change their minds. Instead, the responsibility to delete profiles remains with the local agent or affiliate. To any casual observer, this would seem wide open to abuse by any dishonest local agent, but Jump4Love don’t see it that way. Jump4Love claim that if any girl writes to them and asks for their profile to be deleted, they will comply with the request, I have been told that this is not always so! There is another aspect to this whole process that Jump4Love are either in denial of, or don’t want you to know…and that is some of these girls are so intimidated by the local agencies, that they refuse to create a fuss if their profiles are not deleted. Jump4Love can always claim that there are no fake profiles, but this does not make it true.

If Jump4Love was serious about stamping out fake profiles and scammers, they could do so much more. For example, they could complete background and financial checks on all new agencies and their directors. They could allow girls to delete their own profiles, even if the data is retained for a period of time (in case they “change their minds”), which would give Jump4Love the opportunity to check the details again if the profile is reactivated. They could prevent local agents from changing details such as names and date of birth. They could prevent local agents from changing every photograph in a profile and limiting the number of additions/deletions in any given profile. They could monitor ‘suspicious activity’ such as girls being “online” for hours and hours, every day…if this is not a sign of someone that is “employed” or using a fake profile (another girl operating several profiles simultaneously), I don’t know what is. They could ask for regular updates (passport or camera checks) very 2 or 3 months on all active girls and they could deactivate or remove inactive accounts automatically. In addition, they could review all girls that have been active on their site for a long time, for example, there are girls that have been there since 2009….I ask you, how can any girl claim to be serious and still looking after 3 years…? Jump4Love could also be more proactive, for example, some dating sites actually go onto social networking sites to check the current status of the women on their database and immediately delete any that have been dishonest about their circumstances or status. One girl on Jump4Love that I was regularly communicating with in 2010 was actually married and living in another country….and she had NO knowledge that her ‘profile’ was being handed around like a commodity by the Agency Director.

I started this post by stating that Jump4Love is a business and its primary motivation is profit. I stand by this argument. Jump4Love make the same amount of money irrespective of whether a girl is genuine or fake…serious; or just working for a share of the commission. The only losers are the men and why should Jump4Love be concerned about them? In my particular case, I did not run away and lick my wounds as most men do (something these types of sites rely on), I made a claim against Jump4Love…and Jump4Love to their credit at the time, agreed to refund me in excess of $17,000…however, to their eternal shame, they paid less than two thirds!  Having taken nearly a year to pay back just 45% of the total, Jump4Love refuse to honour the agreement…but I am not too concerned, because I will see them in court, even though the two registered companies (one in the UK and one in the USA)  do not appear to have filed any accounts!

I think the fact that Jump4Love fails to beef up their security systems and procedures speaks volumes for their real attitude to the use of fake profiles and/or the risks posed to their clients of becoming a victim of a fraud or deception. Most of the measures I have suggested could be automated and employed at minimal cost, but of course, fewer ‘active’ profiles means less income…so Jump4Love has little incentive to get it right. Sure, reputation is important in the online dating business; however, if Jump4Love are prepared to admit I was a victim of a fraud and deception, agree a refund and then renege on this agreement…then it is difficult to believe that reputation is important to them. If a business is motivated by profit and does not care about their reputation…then it is a very serious red flag to any man contemplating giving them any money. It is no coincidence that Jump4Love is a favourite amongst agencies in Ukraine, given it is known for having minimal checks when compared with many similar dating sites.

Update: Jump4Love have contacted me and insisted that they had refunded the full $4823. When I checked my latest statements, I had received just $1158 of the $4823 and given it is more than 4 weeks since the last refund they claim to have processed, I think it is safe to conclude that it is not ‘stuck’ in the banking system. However, given their track record on refunds, I decided to audit all the refunds they claim to have made and, yet again, their was a massive difference between what they claimed to have sent and what I received. On the 20th October, they claimed they had refunded $12,402….but according to my audit, I had received just $6650….!!! An error, I don’t think so. Therefore, to conclude, after 11 months, I have received just $7808 of the $17,250 Jump4Love promised to refund. Just 45% of the total! I have sent a final demand to Jump4Love, and I will happily update this blog with the outcome.

Be careful of the company you keep

Anyone who seeks romance through a dating site such as Jump4Love will be genuinely shocked and disappointed to find that so many of the girls are actually rewarded for writing or chatting to them or that many of these girls are using fake profiles to communicate. But, I have covered my personal experience and the wider issues elsewhere in this blog. However, there is another side to this story and that is the ‘men’ that visit these sites for a cheap thrill, or worst still, treat the girls like they are a piece of meat. I hold the same level of contempt, if not more, for these perverts who treat these girls like whores or worse. One girl who is known to me and I will refer to as “The Victim” told me of one such man and, whilst I can’t confirm everything she has told me, I have seen two emails written by this man and I have had independent verification that this man had something of a reputation amongst the girls for his lewd and reprehensible behaviour.

I am aware of this man’s identity, or at least the one he uses on Jump4Love, but I will not reveal it here…not because I have any sympathy for this sack of shit, but because if he were a member of my family I would feel only immense shame. I will refer to him using the acronym “SOS” (Sack of Shit).

As I understand it, SOS is a failed, retired or unemployed “academic” living in Kent, a county just south of London. Although he claims to be 40 years old, I have seen a photo that SOS uses in his profile and, this weasel like scroat has either had a very hard life or he is much closer to 60! Although I have no evidence to back up this particular theory, I do have a vision of a man living off state benefits, in a dirty bedsit with only a computer, his right hand and the internet for company. I wonder also if he is not your archetypal misogynist!

According to The Victim, SOS had been writing to her for more than 18 months and claimed that he loved her and wanted to marry her. In spite of this she told me that SOS is a prolific writer who persistently pressured her to become a prostitute in her home town so that she could earn the money to pay for her passage to the UK. According to the account of The Victim, SOS told her that once she arrived in the UK, she could live with him and he would get her a job in a local club where she could continue to work as a prostitute and they could share the income. At the risk of bursting the bubble of SOS, I know for a fact that The Victim was not (and is not) a prostitute. According to her account, SOS would regularly interrogate her and she would feel obliged to satisfy his sick sexual fantasies by creating stories and telling him what he wanted to hear. I feel sure this is how the creep got his sexual excitement!

The Victim variously described SOS to me as “completely sick” and a “pervert”. Based on what she told me, I would not argue with that assessment. I also got the impression that she was more than a little intimidated by him given she felt that he was stalking her. She told me that he was completely obsessed and he just wouldn’t leave her alone. I spoke to another girl that worked with The Victim on Jump4Love and she independently verified that SOS had something of a reputation amongst the girls as being a complete pervert. Whilst this girl was not a friend of The Victim, she also confirmed to me that The Victim was certainly not a prostitute…and went on to explain that girls were often subjected to such treatment from men they met or communicated with through the dating site Jump4Love and even though the girls were often disgusted, it was considered an inevitable if disagreeable part of the job. She also explained to me that this was one reason why girls that did have honest or serious intentions quickly left the site once they encountered such perverts, leaving only those that had yet to learn from experience and those that were willing to accept this treatment in return for lucrative commissions. Of course, this left me wondering how proactive Jump4Love are, because they claim to monitor communications and yet, such behaviour appears to be widespread, rather than random events. The Victim informed me that she had curtailed all forms of communication with SOS in the early part of last year….and rightly so!

I can’t say whether SOS is a sick fantasist or if he was serious in his intent, but irrespective, I am not sure that UK law distinguishes between such vagaries. I am no expert in law, but as I understand it based on the following, to encourage a girl to enter prostitution, no matter where she lives, is a criminal offence.

Causing, Inciting and Controlling Prostitution for Gain
Causing or inciting prostitution for gain: Section 52 Sexual Offences Act 2003

This offence came into force on 1 May 2004.

Under section 52(1) a person commits an offence if:
a) he intentionally causes or incites another person to become a prostitute in any part of the world, and
b) he does so for or in the expectation of gain for himself or third party.

“In any part of the world” means that section 52 is contravened when a person is caused or incited in England, Wales or Northern Ireland to become a prostitute either in that jurisdiction or elsewhere in the UK or overseas.

In addition, based on what The Victim told me, there may even be an argument for conspiracy to traffic; given it is patently obvious that no work permit would be issued to a girl for the purpose of sexual exploitation or prostitution. If everything that I have been told by The Victim is true, then SOS would be wise to consider his position very carefully, because anyone, not just The Victim can report such matters to the Police. I detest, with a true passion, specimens like SOS, because they assume that everyone that visits the same places as they do, must be like them…and because they use a ‘mirror like’ image of themselves to judge others. It is little wonder that some girls have such a poor opinion of men that visit these dating sites where normal men are obliged to coexist with sick bastards like SOS who dare not ply their sick fantasies in their own countries for fear of persecution or prosecution.

Men like SOS will never find a partner, other than sort that cannot distinguish between good and bad, such as his right hand. In my view and based on what I have been told SOS is a scroat, a nonce and needs to spend some time at Her Majesty’s Pleasure where he can learn what it is like to become someone’s bitch!

If “you are judged by the company you keep” then I am grateful that through my experience and discoveries I have been able to extricate myself from this community. But any men with legitimate and sincere intentions need to be aware that men like SOS are active on Jump4Love and, for all intents and purposes, appear to remain unhindered by their actions, words or deeds…therefore this is the company you will be keeping. Girls continue to be recruited, many of whom will be paid by the local agencies that engage them for each letter and chat session…so apart from having to be in the same company as men like SOS, you will spend most of your time (and money) trying to discover if the girl you are communicating with is honest, sincere and genuine, or just in it for the money. If you want this, then go ahead, if not, then look elsewhere. Unless, or until Jump4Love get their act together, they should not be rewarded with your custom, and no matter how many blogs Jump4Love set up to drown out my voice, I will continue to warn anyone willing to conduct a little research before they part with their money.

Jump4Love, no fake profiles, no fraud, real ladies only. Really?

Internet marriage agency or dating sites would have you believe that the only scams you should be concerned about are those where a girl asks for money. This is probably the biggest scam of them all, because the reality is these types of scams pale into insignificance when compared with the amount of money men are scammed out of from the sites themselves. Whether it is with the connivance of the dating sites or not, the fact is, the vast majority of girls on these sites are there because they receive commission for communicating with men by letter or in web chat. Contrary to what these dating sites would have you believe, some girls operate multiple profiles, some are married or have regular boyfriends and many are students or models. However, these dating sites put a great deal of effort into redirecting your attention from the reality or they blatantly lie about the facts.

Take Jump4Love, they have put a lot of time and effort into creating positive propaganda where they set up sites and blogs which extol the virtues of their main site, using tags such as; “no fake profiles”, “no fraud”, “no scam” and “only real ladies”. Now they know and I know for a fact, that these tags are not only misleading, they are also untrue. That notwithstanding, anyone that cares to look at Jump4Love’s terms and conditions will note that they go to great pains to distance themselves from the girls on their dating site; claiming that they are not responsible for the girls that are featured on their site and that they can’t guarantee that the girls genuine.

Jump4Love have mirror sites and also a number of blogs. The former is not unusual, but the latter is in my view, a cynical attempt to create positive and misleading claims about the virtues of their site and to drown out the more relevant and factual stories about people that have had a bad experience at Jump4Love or, for that matter, similar dating sites. The blogs typically contain generic and condescending stories with backlinks to Jump4Love’s main site. I also note that some blogs which contain positive reviews about jump4Love also have a ‘referrer’ code allowing the person writing the post to be identified and, presumably, to receive some reward or commission for each referrer that subsequently starts spending money with Jump4Love…therefore, you can take anything that is written within these particular posts with a pinch of salt.

These sites operate with virtual impunity with no oversight and little or no protection for the men that believe the sites are genuine dating sites. Unless, or until the authorities crack down on this international scandal, it is left for those who have had real experience to write about them in the hope that others do not follow the same path. I urge those that have been scammed by any of these dating sites to write about their experiences and expose the girls and sites…and for those that are considering registering with a dating site, I would recommend that they complete their research and check the sites terms and conditions before they part with any money. I reiterate what I have already written, the biggest money making scam is not the girls asking for money, but the money men spend on these sites communicating with girls who are being paid to write and chat.

Jump4Love, liars and cheats?

At the beginning of the year I wrote to Jump4Love once I had discovered that I had been the victim of a deception orchestrated via their website. In my particular case, I had been communicating with a girl called “Kristina Smirnova” for a period of 9 months. However, after having my suspicions raised, I discovered that Kristina Smirnova did not exist and she was, in fact a girl called Natalia Granchenko. My investigations concluded that Natalia Granchenko had been allowed to set up a fake profile by her Agency Director, Margarita Naumenko to facilitate this deception. As I understand it, this was common practice with Naumenko. At the time of writing to Jump4Love, I had spent in excess of $25,000 for web chats and letters with this girl and, perhaps foolishly, I had sent Natalia Granchenko some $4102 through Western Union. I can confirm however, that Natalia Granchenko has now repaid me the full $4102.

Jump4Love promised to investigate and eventually responded to me via email. They confirmed that I had indeed been the victim of a serious fraud and deception. They said that they had removed the offending profiles. They also informed me that they had calculated I had spent $17,250 communicating with this girl and said they would be providing me with a full refund. Jump4Love also said they would be terminating Margarita Naumenko’s agency agreement and removing all of the girls associated with her. In fact, it was to take several months…and only with my help, that they finally removed most of the girls that were associated with Margarita Naumenko. However, I know for a fact that some of these girls, many scammers amongst them, simply moved to other agencies and set up new profiles with Jump4Love. Of course, Jump4Love claimed this could not happen…but it did and they only reacted when I reported a specific case…and eventually I got bored of being their policeman! Anyway, I digress, back to why I call Jump4Love “Liars and Cheats”.

Following their written confirmation that I was entitled to a refund of $17,250, Jump4Love started to issue refunds in small amounts, mirroring payments I had made to them. However, these payments were sporadic and to be honest, I expected a full refund…not a ‘payment plan. When I queried this, at first they said they were paying me as and when they got the money from Margarita Naumenko. I told them that this was unacceptable, not least because any arrangement they had with Naumenko was a commercial one and nothing to do with my claim. I also made clear that at no point did they make clear that refunds were conditional. They wrote back and agreed that the refunds were not conditional, but instead, they were having problems reconciling the refunds with payments I made as a consequence of administration issues with their card processor. I accepted this argument and patiently waited for the money to be ‘drip fed’ into my credit card accounts. I have to admit I found this incredibly irritating, because attempting to reconcile these refunds was very time consuming.

In October of this year I noticed that I had not received any refunds from Jump4Love for several weeks, although this was not unusual, I was beginning to lose patience with Jump4Love for taking so long to refund the $17,250. They responded by informing me that the “CEO” was not happy with my blog and they would not process further refunds unless, or until I passed over the access passwords to this blog. I responded that I felt all the comments contained in this blog were fair, true and offered a “balanced” insight into my experience. I also made clear that I would never submit to any form of “blackmail”. They eventually responded stating that it was not their intention to blackmail me and acknowledging that I had been fair in my commentary on this blog. They also said that they would recommence the refunds immediately with view to refunding the balance owed within 6 weeks. They also asked that I acknowledge on this blog that they had taken responsibility an refunded my money, I replied that it was always my intention to highlight the fact that Jump4Love had refunded my payments because I wanted this blog to be an honest and fair account of my experiences. Jump4Love accepted this and over the following few weeks, informed me that refunds totalling in excess of $4823 had been made. [According to Jump4Love, this meant that they had met all their obligations in terms of the refunds. I was to later discover, after I competed an audit of the refunds, that this was a complete lie!]

When I checked with my card issuers, none of these payments had been received. I queried this with Jump4Love and they asked me for more information about my credit cards, I thought this was strange given all the information they needed to complete a refund is already there with the original payment, but I gave them what they asked for. When I heard nothing, I asked them to provide me with details of the refunds, including the transaction numbers so that I could get my card issuers to trace the refunds. I heard nothing further from jump4Love!

In conclusion, I believe I am fully justified in accusing Jump4Love of being liars and cheats, in fact, I would add to that and further accuse them of deception. They are liars because they claimed to have issued refunds when clearly they didn’t. They are cheats because they have attempted to cheat me out of money they themselves admit was taken from me through fraud. And, in my view, they are guilty of deception because they deceived me into believing that they were honourable people that would meet their obligations. If Jump4Love meet their obligations in the coming weeks, I will update this blog to reflect that, however, if they continue to ignore my communications, I declare publicly that I intend to issue civil proceedings against them for all of my losses, this includes the $25,000 that I spent with them directly (in the form of credits) as well as my losses incurred as a direct consequence of Jump4Love’s failure to adopt reasonable security measures to minimise the possibility of their clients being deceived through the connivance of dishonest agents and scammers using fake profiles. As I have mentioned elsewhere in this blog, at the time I was using Jump4Love, their “security measures” were virtually non-existent, they performed no background checks on new agencies or their directors, they never audited their agents or affiliates and they operated a system that allowed fake profiles to be set up routinely and easily. In other words, in my opinion they were reckless and breached their legal duty of care. Even if it was not their intent, through their lack of any effective initial and ongoing security measures, Jump4Love were arguably complicit in facilitating the deception.

I am sure there are many other men that have been the victims of a suspected deception involving girls featured on the Jump4Love website. If you suspect this is the case, I invite you to write to me with as much information as possible. If you want to remain anonymous, that is okay, my intention is to identify a pattern amongst certain girls and/or agencies and then submit this with my own evidence to the appropriate authorities with a view to persuading them to investigate the activities of Jump4Love, their agents and the girls. Anyone wishing to join me in a civil action against Jump4Love to recover payments they believe have been made through an active deception is also welcome to contact me; however, you need to be aware that in any civil action, your name will have to be revealed as party to the claim.

Update: Jump4Love have contacted me and insisted that they had refunded the full $4823. When I checked my latest statements, I had received just $1158 of the $4823 and given it is more than 4 weeks since the last refund they claim to have processed, I think it is safe to conclude that it is not ‘stuck’ in the banking system. However, given their track record on refunds, I decided to audit all the refunds they claim to have made and, yet again, their was a massive difference between what they claimed to have sent and what I received. On the 20th October, they claimed they had refunded $12,402….but according to my audit, I had received just $6650….!!! An error, I don’t think so. Therefore, to conclude, after 11 months, I have received just $7808 of the $17,250 Jump4Love promised to refund. Just 45% of the total! I have sent a final demand to Jump4Love, and I will happily update this blog with the outcome.

 

European Dating Sites-What the girls are really saying about you!

Have you ever wondered what the girls on these so called dating sites or marriage agencies think of you?

Here is a forum used by girls from Ukraine who actively and without apology discuss the various aspects of using so called dating sites and marriage agencies: http://forum.od.ua/showthread.php?t=103036. Although the forum is in Russian/Ukrainian, you can translate each page and get a useful insight into the real views, objectives and goals of these girls. Persevere, it is an eye opener!

For example, they like to refer to men using the dating sites as “clients”, and some girls prefer the less complimentary term of “peasants”. Not something you would expect from girls who join a dating site wanting  to find a “foreign husband”. But, this is the harsh reality of these dating sites, far from offering an opportunity for men and women to meet beyond international borders, they offer lucrative employment for students, married women, girls with local boyfriends and yes, I assume, a few girls with serious intentions.

In these posts, girls refer to the commissions they are paid by local marriage agencies to engage in communications with men. Some want to move further up the ladder and become a ‘marriage agency’ or affiliate, but with such easy money to be made, the dating websites can set the barrier high, often, according to these posts, requiring a minimum of 20 to 50 new girls with each new agency. You can read the complaints made about various dating websites when girls or, more accurately, the local agent or affiliate is “fined” for some misdemeanour.

Girls offer each other advice on the best ways of ensuring that their ‘real life’ does not get mixed up in the fake life they lead whilst earning money from dating websites via their local marriage agency. It would appear that not all men are as stupid as the girls like to believe, and to the indignation of these girls, some men are starting to search for the girls they are regularly communicating with on social networking sites such as: VKontakte.ru; Mail.ru and Odnoklassniki.ru. I assume this is because men want to ensure that they are communicating with real girls and not fakes, or perhaps it is because they want to check the veracity of the statements and claims made by the girls they are writing to or chatting with. Either way; these girls are not happy and some complain bitterly that their “work life” should not encroach upon their “personal life”!!! Am I missing something here? I thought the whole purpose of girls joining these websites was to find a suitable partner and change their personal life for the better. Okay I digress, back to reality…the girls are worried about these incursions and offer each other advice. For example, they suggest using a nickname or pseudonym, hiding profiles from anyone that is not a friend, changing their age, date of birth and/or their city of residence. Above all, they firmly recommend not using the same photos from their dating profiles within their social networking profiles. It wouldn’t be wise to make it too easy for us!!!!

However, what really has the girls up in arms is the fact that some of the dating sites, the two specifically mentioned are Dream Marriage and Anastasia, are also getting in on the act and routinely searching for and checking the social networking profiles of the girls registered on their sites. It would appear that, depending on how naughty the girls have been regarding their personal situations, they could end up being fined or having their profile permanently deleted from the dating website. No profile, no work…it is easy to understand why the girls would be so outraged that their “working life should infringe on their personal life”. Interestingly, none of the girls appear to be too concerned about the fact that they routinely lie to men, pretending to be looking for a life partner, when in reality; they are just trying to earn as much money as possible through letters and webchat…no matter how many lies they have to tell to achieve their goals. Spend an hour or two reading these posts and you will quickly realise how mercenary these girls are. I read hundreds of posts…and not one mentioned anything about girls wanting to meet the love of their life.

Whilst liars and cheats appear acceptable to the dating websites, it is apparent that they do not want girls who are using fake profiles and some dating site owners are being very proactive in their attempts to remove these girls. I suspect this has more to do with the fact that men can also complete such checks and the website owners don’t want to be caught out, rather than a genuine attempt to ensure that men are not deceived or mislead. A cynic may even surmise that the ongoing investigation by the FBI Internet Crimes Division is encouraging many of the USA based websites to get their act together! That said, the only sites that are mentioned on this forum in terms of having a proactive approach to weeding out fakes is Dream Marriage and Anastasia. The likes of Jump4Love, MariyaClub, Cinderella and a few others are notable by their absence from the commentary of this particular forum, suggesting that the anti-fraud measures on these websites is weaker. That said, in the case of jump4Love and relying on my own personal experience with them, it comes as no surprise. In fact, one girl even referred to jump4Love as a “porn site”, whilst that term may not be included in the J4L marketing material, the fact remains that if you want a cheap thrill, then Jump4Love is the place to go…because there are many girls there that will willing remove their clothes (and more) at the drop of a hat (or more accurately in exchange for a few credits)…and the site even encourages voyeurs, by permitting men to “spy” on girls that are engaged with other men. Girls don’t complain of course, because they will get paid even more money, so why not put on a show? I don’t know if this would class jump4Love as a porn site, but it certainly sets itself apart from other dating sites.

Anyway, for those of you that are considering subscribing to, or buying credits with an Eastern European dating website (or marriage agency), I would strongly recommend that you first visit the forum mentioned in this post. You will quickly realise that many of the girls on these sites have a cynical and insulting approach the men they meet during the course of our job. They may not ask you for money directly, but it is clear from their own words, that they communicate with us for the money…and woe betide anyone or anything that affects their “personal lives”…after all, your emotions are secondary…men (or as they prefer “clients” or “peasants”) are just a means to exploit and make money from.

If you want to meet a woman from Eastern Europe, the best advice I can give you is to join a local social networking site such as: VKontakte.ru; Mail.ru and Odnoklassniki.ru (there are many more micro sites)…these are free and because there is no financial motive, you are less likely to be scammed or deceived. As for the Eastern European dating sites I would give them a wide berth…as one girl points out on this forum, it is becoming harder and harder to earn money because men simply no longer respond to unsolicited letters from the girls. One final thing….most of these girls are particularly adept at Photoshop or similar derivatives, you have been warned!

Is Jump4Love a Marriage Agency?

On the front page of the Jump4Love website it states very clearly that it is an “International Marriage Agency”. However, take a look at their terms and conditions and they say the opposite. “Jump4love.com is a communication website for men from all over the world and women from Ukraine and Russia. We ARE NOT A MARRIAGE AGENCY and do not offer any matrimonial services. We charge users for utilizing online communication facilities. Jump4love has no personal relations with the women on the site. ‘We DO NOT VOUCH for the ladies’ conduct as well as we cannot guarantee that all ladies are genuine.” At the very least, this is misleading, but I would argue that it is a deliberate attempt to avoid any responsibility if things go wrong.

Take a look on YouTube and you will see videos of girls with the statement “no fake, real ladies only”. Now read their terms again….” We DO NOT VOUCH for the ladies’ conduct as well as we cannot guarantee that all ladies are genuine”. Does anyone notice a pattern emerging? In ‘marketing terms’, Jump4Love claim to be a marriage agency and also that they do not to have fake girls or profiles. However in their terms and conditions, they attempt to distance themselves from such statements. This should serve as a warning to anyone that considers using their services.

However, from a legal perspective, no matter what their terms state, Jump4Love cannot claim to have no responsibility. Your contract is with Jump4Love, not with the local ‘marriage agencies’ they use to recruit girls. It is Jump4Love that determines the criteria used for their local agents and it is Jump4Love that determines security checks, proof of identity, monitoring and so on. The local marriage agencies only act as an agent for jump4Love. If the local marriage agency commits an act of deception, then it is between the marriage agency and Jump4Love, it has nothing to do with the man buying credits from Jump4Love. The bottom line is; if you have corresponding with a girl that is using a fake identity, you are entitled to claim a full refund from Jump4Love. In addition, in some countries, if you have bought your ‘credits’ using a credit card, then the credit card company is jointly and severally liable in the event you have a legitimate claim.

I know from personal experience that it is not difficult for girls to set up fake profiles on Jump4Love, indeed, some girls will “work” 3, 4 or maybe even 5 profiles…sending letters to countless men knowing that they will share in the revenues generated if a man is stupid enough to engage them. Jump4Love give the impression that girls can only be added if they show themselves on camera alongside their passport. This may be done is some instances, but I know for a fact, that it is not done in every case. In addition, what Jump4Love do not tell you, is that a lot of girls become disillusioned and leave, but…these girls can’t delete their profiles. Only the local marriage agency or Jump4Love can delete profiles. So what Jump4Love will not tell you, is they can’t be certain that the profiles of girls that have left are immediately deleted. What Jump4Love will not tell you, is that if the local marriage agency decides not to delete the profile and instead, give it to another girl, then Jump4Love will never know unless it is reported to them. Why? Because even though Jump4Love have some of the weakest systems for verifying the identities of new girls recruited to their site, their ongoing checks are even worse…in fact, I would say they are virtually non-existent. Jump4Love is not proactive in attempting to weed out those using fake profiles.

Jump4Love will brag about their security measures which are supposed to offer “clients” some comfort provided they communicate through the site, but the reality is, these security measures are limited to key words…and this is more about protecting their revenue streams than the interests of their clients. Ask Jump4Love to tell you how their security measures proactively protect you and it is likely to be a very short answer. Some other dating sites employ a proactive programme designed to weed out ‘fakes’, including, but not limited to asking girls about specific conversations they had with men, asking them to turn on their webcam immediately and searching social networking sites to check the veracity of statements made by the girls they feature on their sites.

It is fair to say that men can be scammed by girls for money and most websites can monitor this through keyword searches offering a small degree of protection, however, most men are now getting wise to these particular scams. The reality is…and what the ‘dating websites’ will not tell you, is that men lose considerably more money when they discover (and many never do) that the girls they are communicating with are doing so only because they are being paid to do so…and/or they girls they are communicating with are fakes!

However, in spite of everything I have written, in my particular case, even when Jump4Love admitted that I had been the victim of fraud and agreed to refund my money, it was not that simple. Having agreed to refund over $17,000 11 months ago, I have only received around 65%. At first they said that they could only refund the money once they had recovered it from the director of the local marriage agency, then they agreed that this was not the arrangement. Then they said they could only send small amounts because they had to verify each transaction with the credit card merchant they were using (11 months?) Then they started to plead poverty, claiming that they must first earn the money before they can return it to me. Then in October, they stopped paying. I wrote to them and they said they would only pay the balance if I agreed to pass over the password and control of this website. I told them that I would not submit to blackmail and refused. They subsequently said that they would be happy to continue the refunds if I acknowledged this on this blog…I informed them that it was always my intention to do precisely that.

In November, Jump4Love claimed to have sent me a little over $4800. When I checked with my credit card companies, they said they had received no such money. Jump4Love insisted that the refunds had been processed and when I asked for proof…I heard nothing more. So…on top of everything else, I can now confirm that Jump4Love are liars and guilty of a deception. I can also confirm that I will be issuing proceedings against them and my credit card company in the New Year. I will be writing more about this in a separate post.

Dating sites offer little protection against scammers!

Am I the only person that has grown tired of the self-promoting and patronising blogs set up by operators of dating & marriage websites? Firstly, the real reason for these blogs has nothing to do with protecting men from scammers, instead it is a way of providing valuable ‘backlinks’ to their main website and to promote their own dating website above others. Each dating website owner wants to appear your best friend and tell you that they have your interests at heart. But do they, or are these just weasel words from people who place profit above any moral considerations? I will allow you to form your own judgement. Oh yes, if the blog entry appears to be full of praise for the dating website, take a closer look, hover over the link and nine times out of ten, you will see that it is not a direct link or has additional code, this is so the “independent reviewer” can receive a commission if you sign up and use the services of the dating website.

One thing website owners always try and tell you is that you should only communicate through their site, in order that they can offer you “protection against scammers”. Really? So what protection do you get if you continue to use the facilities of the website…in my experience, little or none!! They claim that they monitor letters and chat to try and seek out potential scammers, if this is so,  can confirm that in my personal experience, I have never seen any evidence of this. The only words that appear to be monitored and ‘scrambled’ or removed are telephone number and email addresses. I have had money, passports, visa’s and many other ‘keywords’ mentioned in letter and chat and not once has this been flagged. If the technology exists to automatically scan letters and chat for email addresses and telephone numbers, then it also exists to scan for other keywords. The reality is however, it is not in the interests of the website owners to highlight these things, given the best scammers are also the best revenue owners. Instead, the website owners will write a lot of garbage about how much they care for your interests, all of which can be taken as empty rhetoric.

Of course, some letters and chat facilities are monitored, but not as you might expect, by the website owners, but by the local marriage agencies that engage (or in some cases employ) the girls. Once again, if some of the Russian language forums are to be believed, this monitoring has less to do with protecting the interests of the men and more to do with a method of ‘fining’ girls some of their “commission earnings” for failing to follow the rules, such as leaving their webcam on when they are having a cigarette, saying negative things about the website or trying to send secret messages o men warning them that the whole thing is a scam. Of course, and I accept this maybe the exception rather than the rule, some agencies monitor such communications to ensure that they get their percentage of any scams that the girls are engaged in…yes, this actually happens. You send a girl $800 for a new laptop and half could go to the agency director!!!

Based on the evidence I have seen and I have found through my research, I would have to say that there is substantial evidence that a large proportion of the girls on Eastern European dating sites are paid to communicate with men. Adverts are openly placed for girls to chat to men in return for up to 80% of the income generated by the local marriage agencies. This is compounded and perhaps supported by the fact that girls often insist that they can only communicate using the facilities of the ‘agency’ or the website. The reality is, that any girl willing to put the hours in, can earn more money in commissions, than they can through the usual ‘visa or travel scams’, although that doesn’t stop them from trying to scam more money, but these scams are a bonus, not their principal income. The dating scams have moved on, but the website operators will try and convince gullible or naive men that the biggest scams are travel, visa or subsistence scams, but this is not so, the biggest scams by far is the fact that many of these girls are only communicating with men because they are receiving a commission to do so. The website operators provide fertile ground for these scams to take place and scammers must be further encouraged by the fact that I could find no evidence of a single prosecution of any individual in Ukraine for any of these types of scams, deceptions or frauds.

The harsh reality is that most (but not all), marriage and dating website owners complete very basic checks on new, local agents and representatives. Often requiring just a copy of their passport and business licence and an agreement to accept the terms of the website owners, this may not even be a formal contract, just an acknowledgement of the terms. Thereafter, auditing and monitoring is, in most cases, virtually non-existent. In fact, from the evidence I have seen, most local agents are required to police themselves, little wonder that the industry is rife with scammers, fake profiles and opportunists.

Of course, most of these website owners will try and hide behind their carefully crafted ‘terms and conditions’ or “FAQ’s”, but anyone that has been scammed should not be put off by this. In most countries, and that includes the USA where most of these sites are situated, the law requires that such businesses act responsibility and demonstrate a duty of care to ensure that their customers do not come to harm or suffer any undue loss. If they can be seen to have breached this obligation, then they can be held liable to compensate the victim, not matter what their terms and conditions state. I am assured, that website operators that employ minimal vetting procedures for new agents, fail to adopt and independent auditing system, fail to use technology that is available at a reasonable cost to protect customers and attempt to derogate their legal obligations through a poorly written set of terms and conditions (or FAQ’s), are likely to be held to have acted unreasonably and outside the law. If you have been scammed…don’t give up!!!