I also can't fail to mention that after the first photograph in each letter, it costs ten credits to open each photograph, and that, surprise, surprise, many (around 50%) of the letters "Michael" received contained more than one photograph.
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 site, which I won't link to, because I don't want to improve its search ranking, is asiandate.com, also operating under the domain aliases (i.e.
without the "n"), and (more on these alternative domain names later), and redirecting upon registration from the domain
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).
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.My suspicions were aroused by my friend's description of the site: drop-dead gorgeous women everywhere, constantly sending him letters and chat pop-up requests, yet for every letter read after a lady's first, he had to pay ten credits, and ten credits likewise to send a lady a reply letter - instant messaging chats cost one credit per minute after the first three (free) minutes.Credits could be bought at varying rates depending on how many you bought at a time, ranging from per ten credits to per ten credits.of asiandating.com, which might or might not suffer similar problems - I haven't checked it out.Recently, due to a friend's involvement, I had cause to investigate the authenticity of an Asian dating site.Below is a screenshot of the letter in question, in which I have circled the smoking gun in red.