According to the study, these dates can cost anywhere from 0 to ,000.
Afterward, of course, the bilked bachelor never hears from his date again."It's sort of a perfect scam," said Gianluca Stringhini, one of the study's co-authors, "because the person would never realize that they've been scammed." Indeed, as the study points out, the mark may have even had a good time while getting grifted.
The most ingenious of the Jiayuan scams starts when the owner of a fancy restaurant hires an attractive woman, who then makes a dating profile.
The woman then contacts a lonely heart over Jiayuan and convinces him to take her on a date to the expensive restaurant, where she runs up an enormous tab.
If you use non-related photo as your profile picture, such as flower, sky, tree etc.
With a commitment to connecting singles worldwide, we bring China to you.And potential victims are lining up for many of these cons: 20% percent of the "swindler" profiles received at least 70 message before being deleted.Because the "flower basket" scam is so culturally specific, it may be tempting to isolate it as a Chinese phenomenon. While the cultural particulars of online dating scams may change, the social and emotional forces at play are universal.After some time, the grifter "will start implying that he wants to marry the victim" and will claim his parents require a gesture of good will: an incredibly expensive (up to ,000) flower basket as a lucky charm for a fictional new store.The grifter directs his victim to a local florist — who he knows — and then they share the profit.Said Stringhini, "In principle there's no reason it couldn't happen in the U. Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for Buzz Feed News and is based in New York.