Dating scams in china

It also says relevant government organizations are pushing ahead with real-name registration for clients on online dating platforms.

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A man and a woman participate in a matchmaking event in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.

Photo: VCG In the early morning hours of September 7, Su Xiangmao, a 37-year-old tech entrepreneur and multimillionaire, opened the window of his 15th-floor apartment in Beijing's Haidian district and jumped.

Fortunately, Chen was clever enough to realize something wasn't right.

"I searched for keywords 'offshore oil platform dating website' and found that, in fact, this is a classic dating scam."Common dating scams, such as young men who bilk older, desperate women for cash or pretty women who convince older wealthy men to take them out on extravagant dates, can usually be avoided by vigilant users.

It was ruled a suicide by authorities, but some also consider it his final act of revenge.

Just before his death, Su left digital suicide notes on social network Google Plus and Sina Weibo accusing his ex-wife, Zhai Xinxin, of draining his money.

Shu Xin, director of the China Marital Family Work Association and founder of Weiqing marriage counseling, says that, in Su's case, all the millions he spent on Zhai was entirely voluntary.

Thus it would have been quite difficult, if not impossible, for him to sue her for fraud. And, most importantly, the most persuasive witness - Su himself - is now dead.

The Global Times reporter registered on a local dating site with an authentic China ID, but was still able to easily fake all of her stats, such as education, employment, height and relationship status.

In addition, VIP dating accounts can now be bought on the black market without the user having to provide their ID.

However, marriage scams are harder to detect - and define legally - especially as Chinese marriages are traditionally intertwined with money, property and material possessions.

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