RomanceMingle.com is an online dating portal for Western men who are looking for a Chinese girlfriend. The landing page looks cheap. The alleged female members are all extremely attractive, although heavily photoshopped. For our research, we examined the Terms and Conditions and created a very simple free profile. The legal disclaimer does not warn about the existence of fake profiles, but the truth is that the text is difficult to understand at all and contains several contradictions. The website is managed by Hongkong Jihongyun Trade Development Co LTD, from Hong Kong.
Real or fake profiles
The bios in the member’s area are pretty much empty, leaving the photos as the only relevant content there. The reviews we could read online warned that the members will pretend to love you, but you will never get to meet them in real life. We were not bombarded with messages the moment we signed in. Therefore, we suspect this chat is full of fake chat operators, likely employed by the company. So, the chat is not computer-generated.
We could not find definite proof, but it is suspicious that all members look extremely attractive. There is no guarantee of the picture corresponding to the person replying to your messages, though. Judging from the online user experiences that we read, this is a scam that aims towards keeping you hooked on a useless chat. Sadly, it will never materialize into a real date. By the time you realize this is a rip-off, you will have spent an outrageous amount of money.
Excerpt from the GTC (as of 08/08/2022)
pertales does not guarantee provided service to meet your needs, does not guarantee the service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or correct. pertales not for service use and use the results as collateral. pertales does not warrant that this website or services does not contain any viruses or other harmful components. pertales does not warrant or represent that: keep the site transfer information confidential.
Extremely expensive chat
To send or watch videos, or even send an email, the user must buy so-called diamonds. These are virtual tokens which are bought in bundles, as a means of payment. Sending or playing a video costs 6 USD, so even if you decided to risk it, even if the profiles were real, you would pay an exorbitant amount of money to get to that point.
In the payments section, we discovered that it is forbidden to exchange personal contact information. This is supposedly to protect the security of the members. However, this means that all interactions with these fake chat operators must happen through this dodgy platform. This makes it a very lucrative business for the company. Either way, it is highly unlikely that this will ever result in a real date, let alone a relationship.