Mobile instant messaging has become a key battleground for control of China’s internet services market.
An online dating service is a company that provides specific mechanisms (generally websites or applications) for online dating through the use of Internet-connected personal computers or mobile devices.
A new study, "Quit Playing Games With My Heart: Understanding Online Dating Scams," a collaboration between University College London and Jiayuan, China's largest dating site, revealed the unbelievably creative and involved cons that plague online dating there.
The authors of the study analyzed more than 500,000 profiles, drawn from Jiayuan's 100 million users, which the site's employees had flagged as scam accounts.
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.