For example, Henning Wiechers, from Leading Dating Sites, said many American online dating companies initially offered credit cards as the sole payment method in Europe, not knowing that only 25 percent of Germans own them.Local attitudes towards online dating can also be difficult to parse.“The whole culture of going to bars and flirting with strangers is considered kind of weird,” explains Kevin, who is from Taiwan.“Without a strong understanding of Chinese users’ behavior, which is influenced by Chinese culture, tradition, and economic development, a foreign competitor would really struggle to get it right,” warns Shang Koo, the chief financial officer of Jiayuan.com, China’s largest online-dating platform.According to David Evans, an industry consultant and the editor of Online Dating Insider, cyberromance will rapidly develop across Asia and throughout the rest of the world in the next few years, due to increasing Internet access.But French spontaneity is bad news for proprietors of online dating, especially American and British online-dating companies that have struggled to appeal to international consumers. sold its entire European business to the French site [Editor’s note: and and The Daily Beast are owned by IAC.]These companies were sometimes felled by practical idiosyncrasies.To maximize chances of success, online dating companies have to tailor their websites to specific customs, and uncovering those quirks can require arduous research.Gian Gonzaga, chief scientist for e Harmony, sent out thousands of questionnaires in countries including Brazil, Australia, and the U.
In July 2016, the two Nigerian co-conspirators pleaded guilty in connection with their roles in the scam, and a federal judge sentenced them each to 36 months in prison last December.Victims—predominantly older widowed or divorced women targeted by criminal groups usually from Nigeria—are, for the most part, computer literate and educated. And con artists know exactly how to exploit that vulnerability because potential victims freely post details about their lives and personalities on dating and social media sites.Trolling for victims online “is like throwing a fishing line,” said Special Agent Christine Beining, a veteran financial fraud investigator in the FBI’s Houston Division who has seen a substantial increase in the number of romance scam cases.“I met Nicolas at a party in Montmartre,” she tells me.“On our first date, we went to the theater, where he held my hand the whole time.