The website AnastasiaDate.com comes along with a pleasant picture of a couple and some promises like good communications, a lot of attention from members worldwide, verification and protection of data. The portal also claims to have about 20 million members around the globe.
Signing up is fast and easy.
Either you provide the typical information like age, location, gender, email and so on, or you can register using your Google account. After you have verified your email, the portal brings you to the profile page where the user can finalize his personal details. There are many possibilities to get in contact with other members. However, most of them are not available with a basic membership. This is already a part of the rip-off.
The interface is pleasing, and there are search functions and chat rooms are available as well. The new member learns that there is a mobile version of AnastasiDate.com available. What is interesting are the unique features which the user must pay for like 360 videos, phone reservation, direct calls, cam share, flowers and presents.
This all sounds good, but the portal is a rip-off with moderated chats and faked profiles.
Moderators paid by the operator, and computer bots, are sending tons of messages, texts, and emails to the users most of them with erotic content, to seduce them into buying credits. Those credits are necessary to communicate and to use the special features of the site. In fact, only the registration is free, for the rest, for every single message, the members must pay a lot of money. We also saw a lot of reports claiming that the real operator behind the scam is a Russian woman from Georgia who is currently under investigation for misrepresentation, as she has a US corporation which creates fake and misleading information.