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Non-consensual profile editing: the “out” that’s still “in”?

Non-consensual profile editing: the “out” that’s still “in”?

To give you an idea of the frequency of the letters, around 60 letters arrived within the first nine days – about 6.5 letters per day.

The only real “out” I can see from the evidence in the previous letters section of systemic lying by female supposed clients of asiandate does not reflect well on this site anyway: it is that the ladies on the site are genuine but that the profile of Michael Michaelson that was presented to them was not the profile I entered, but an enhanced and fluffed-up profile, with a customised image. A reader of this page once wrote to me to let me know that he had evidence that asiandate does sometimes edit men’s profiles without the consent or even knowledge of those men.

Whilst this might occur to some extent, I doubt that it occurs to the extent that would be necessary to excuse the otherwise disingenuous claims of the letters presented above: the reader who wrote to me did not allude to or provide evidence of anything that dramatic. Even if it did, though, would you be willing to pay money to a dating website which manipulates your profile without your consent or even knowledge?

Replicating the results

To check that this wasn’t some strange anomaly, on I created another fake account, “John Smith”, aged 88 (the maximum age it is possible to set for men on asiandate), with profile description (“A Few Words About Yourself”) set to “I am an old and decrepit man with terminal cancer and absolutely no money. I will die within a month, the doctors say.”. As Ts Dating-Apps 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.

Systemic scamming: the smoking gun

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 system itself rather than by personal agents. Today (e upon the smoking gun that all but proves that this is the case: the second line of a letter from “Shanshan(Joan)” contained a typo which reveals that, apparently, variables such as %client name% can be set in these letters, strong evidence that these letters are actually generated by a script which replaces variables with values and then automatically sends the letters out. 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 system itself to many, many other men as well as to yourself. And if you respond? Who knows how that works? Presumably, your letter is assigned to a paid member of the asiandate team, who, with the help of software, with minimal effort crafts a passably “personal” response to your letter, which you pay between $4 and $8 to read, and another between $4 and $8 to respond to. Presumably, your response is again assigned to a paid member of the asiandate team, not necessarily the same member as last time – so long as you’re paying and they’re getting paid, it doesn’t really matter who fields it – etcetera, etcetera, until you finally tire of spending money to no end.

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