Why I believe that asiandate.com is a scam: my negative review
Recently, due to a friend's involvement, I had cause to investigate the authenticity of an Asian dating site. The site, which I won't link to, because I don't want to improve its search ranking, is asiandate. My suspicions were aroused by my friend's description of the site: Concerned that my friend was being scammed, I did some investigating, and came to the conclusion that yes, he was. After sharing my research with him, he agreed. Here, then, is my research, to warn those considering using asiandate.
My investigations took two forms: I'll summarise the results of the fake profile first. On 27 June , 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. Please only message me if you are a scammer. Notice that "Michael" explicitly requested only scammers to message him.
I could be pretty certain, then, that anybody messaging him either had not read his profile, or was a scammer, or most likely both. Screenshot of Michael Michaelson profile edit Screenshot of Michael Michaelson profile as seen by ladies. Further on, I present a single piece of persuasive evidence from the results of this fake profile that the scamming on asiandate.
If you want to go straight to that evidence, then please click here. Otherwise, read on for the build-up to that evidence. Within minutes, the chat pop-ups began appearing. They never stopped, only increasing in frequency over the following few days. The vast majority of the "women" I quote that word only because it is entirely possible that behind any of these messages was a man messaging "Michael" sported profile pictures that looked professionally photographed, and most of the ladies could even have passed for professional models - in all likelihood, many if not most of these images were of professional models.
A sample of some of the first few messages "Michael" received, along with my commentary, if any, in grey, follows. I did not take screenshots of any of these chat pop-ups, but you don't have to take them on faith - you can perform the same experiment that I did, and see for yourself that these are the sort of messages that you receive.
After several days, the chat pop-ups stopped arriving from asiandate. In any case, the frequency of the pop-ups didn't abate - if anything, it increased.
There were pretty much constantly at least one and often around five chat pop-up windows on the screen at a time. Within 24 hours, the letters began accumulating in "Michael's" asiandate. Again, most of the women in the photographs looked like professional models. Many of the letter writers purported to have read "Michael's" profile, in which he solicited messages from scammers only - yet here they were messaging him anyway.
This is damning enough as it is, but I've got an even better actual smoking gun to present afterwards, so read on for that. Here is a sample of those quotes from those letters, including any of my comments in grey. Too, several of these letters the very first contact these supposed women had had with "Michael's" profile included such implausibly forward statements as " Do you want to regard me as your special princess in your heart forever?
Those just don't ring true to me as the type of thing a genuine woman seeking lasting love would say to a seventy year old man she'd never met before, especially absent a photograph or any other identifying details.
To give you an idea of the frequency of the letters, around 60 letters arrived within the first nine days - about 6. To check that this wasn't some strange anomaly, on 5 July I created another fake account, "John Smith", aged 88 the maximum age it is possible to set for men on asiandate. I will die within a month, the doctors say. 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.
Chat pop-ups for "John" didn't start as immediately as for "Michael", but once they did after about a day , they were similarly incessant, and equally implausible.
All of the above points strongly to scamming - that deceptive letters are sent out without regard for any particular qualities of their recipients other than having money to spend. It is even strongly suggestive of systemic scamming - that these letters are sent out by the asiandate.
Today 14 July , I came upon the smoking gun that all but proves that this is the case: 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. In all likelihood, the "personal" letters by "women" writing to you with such admiration for you and your carefully constructed profile are in fact generic form letters sent out by the asiandate.
And if you respond? Who knows how that works? This site has been providing its members with great service since It features a clean user interface and all the features you would expect of a major dating site What makes this site a little different is that it caters to people with an interest in finding a match from Korea or of Korean descent.
This is highly unusual in the online dating world. This might explain why it's also one of the most popular. It's true, there are no costs involved with using this website. If you're looking for an Asian dating site that's been around a long time there's nothing else that comes close to Cherryblossoms.
This site was established way back in — long before the Internet came along. We consider this a design flaw on Cupid Media's part; they should require that profiles be opened before an e-mail can be sent. Yet it also points to the shotgun approach that some of these people use.
She might be a legitimate user who is so thunderstruck by your handsome appearance that she feels compelled to e-mail you, based only on your pictures.
The free membership is worthless. This Standard Membership lets you create a profile and view other members' photos and profiles. But if you want to communicate with members, you will need to upgrade to either the Gold or Platinum paid memberships. Between the two ends of the spectrum are many other payment plans. We found that Platinum is a mostly valueless upgrade from Gold both are paid plans. As shown by the chart above, the only feature of possible worth is that your profile is outlined in the site's signature lavender color.
But this is meaningless because hopefully you will be the one initiating contact, not the woman. It's all driven by images and raw data, intent on making sure that the woman meets basic criteria of looks and life circumstances religion, children, etc. The site's approach is the diametric opposite of a site like OKCupid, which prompts members to write quirky, funny, rich narrative profiles.
On OKCupid, it's a brutal world: Keep in mind that English is a second language for a large number of women on AsianDating. Add in the fact that many of them have minimal education but not all. Surprisingly, the site works smoothly and usually does what you want it to do except when hitting paywalls. It also has a bad habit of timing out and logging the member out after a short time.
Images are easy to pull up and scroll through, though we found the x px sizes to be too small. We especially liked the side-by-side comparison charts, showing whether the man and woman match up in basic criteria:. Again, this illustrates this site's emphasis on basic, raw data. But nuances of a woman's personality do not come through.
After reviewing hundreds of women on this site, we believe they are. There are enough unattractive women in the mix and enough crappy-looking apartment backgrounds to convince us. This site is not the Asian equivalent of those Russian matchmaking sites where every woman is so impossibly hot and professionally photographed that she cannot be real.
These are real woman, looking for marriage and a ticket to a better life. The women are predominantly from from Philippines. This is no better illustrated than the After-and-Before pictures, above, of a woman from the Philippines who claims to be 30 years old.