Cupid Media Pty Ltd Reports & Reviews (1)
Victim Location 07419
Total money lost $8,200
Type of a scam Romance
I, ******** ***** *******, am writing this letter to the Australian ScamPulse.com to report due to the NEGLIGENCE OF CUPID MEDIA / FILIPINOCUPID.COM to effectively protect its dating/companionship site members from scammers that I have been a victim of an international scam involving operatives in China (and possibly other countries) by means of theft by deception through the internet and a travel agency in Shenzhen, China (involving a supposed customer service representative, Mr. Li Wong and international wire recipient in China, Ming Liu) as well as a young lady supposedly from the Philippines (stating she was a Filipino national) supposedly working in Guangdong, China by the name of Janine Jade Sumarago Flores who I initially befriended in early October of 2020 on FilipinoCupid.com (FilipinoCupid Profile ID ********) and was getting to know for almost a few months before communication ceased between us. In October of 2020 we met on FilipinoCupid.com for companionship and took a liking to each other. Ms. Flores recommended that she travel to the United States as she always wanted to visit; she stated that it would also be a good opportunity for us to get acquainted. Simultaneously her supposed work contract as a nanny for a household in Guangdong, China was coming to an end on 11/30/2020. I said that I would think about it and get back to her as we continued to talk mainly through Skype and some email. I decided to move forward with the process and asked her how would we start it all. She stated that she knew a person whose sister recently obtained a travel visa to come to the United States as a tourist and would get the information for me. She obtained the information and got back to me with it. The agency’s information was as follows:
CHINA EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOUR
Email: [email protected]
I contacted the agency and spoke to a person who called himself Li Wong. Mr. Wong instructed me on what would be needed in order for Ms. Flores to obtain a travel visa and airfare but did so in 3 separate phases with the mentioning of each respective cost in each phase not up front. He instructed me to send the amounts due for the 1) airfare/travel visa and associated costs, 2) the statement of bank account with a certain minimum balance & 3) health insurance coverage to the following wire recipient, Ming Liu (who he stated was the supposed head of the travel agency).
The wire transfer amounts were as follow:
1) airfare and associated costs = $1,856.86 US on 10/19/2020
2) the statement of bank account = $4,500.00 US 10/26/2020
3) the health insurance coverage for 3 months = $ 1,669.55 on 11/18/2020
It should be noted that Ms. Flores sent me a copy of her Filipino passport (#EB5466870, expiration 3/6/2024), per my request, which seemed authentic. During each of these phases I continued to talk with Ms. Flores in getting to know her before her visit to the US before she and Mr. Wong created a fake scenario in which Ms. Flores was arrested indefinitely at the Guangzhou Airport due to smuggling a gold statue and could not travel stiffing me for $8000 and nothing refunded and neither party is communicating with me anymore.
After researching the scam that was committed against me I came across a complaint website for filipinocupid.com which detailed some members/former members past experiences with filipinocupid.com and one of them actually spoke of the same scam scenario that I fell victim to. The website's address is as follows:
Although there were some good reviews on it, there are many more negative ones touching on the topic of scams and fraud relating to filipinocupid.com.
I recently tried contacting FilipinoCupid.com to see how they could be of further assistance being that I reported the aforementioned scamming member. Customer support for FilipinoCupid.com said that they could not be of any further assistance and would only cooperate with law enforcement if it were to submit a request in writing to do so and could do nothing further for me but ban the member who scammed me.
I decided to place complaints with other governments agencies and law enforcement agencies noted down below in concert with this one against Cupid Media Pty Ltd which owns filipinocupid.com based on the complaints from the aforementioned website and I truly believe that its 'cyber anti-scam team' is not doing a good job in vetting scammers from joining the dating site and then immediately LURING NEW and UNSUSPECTING legitimate members (mainly Westerners) from the site (which was my case multiple times during my short time as a member) leaving legitimate members vulnerable to non traditional or unsuspecting scams involving third parties (like legitimate businesses) working with the scammer to throw off the legitimate members and simultaneously play a long game to commit theft by deception (from one or multiple money transactions like wire transfers and other forms of non refundable money disbursement). The fact that Cupid Media puts up warnings against 'not giving money to anyone that a member meets' on the dating site does not address the non monetary scamming that commences on that dating site and then intensifies to include monetary scamming behind the scenes on a different platform (by con artist types who avoid monitoring by Cupid Media through deceptive practices involving third parties who are criminals that use such loopholes to scam the illegitimate dating site's members who partner with them and may very well be money mules. The following complaints have been placed by me to include those regarding Cupid Media.
1) FBI ic3.gov complaint succesfully submitted
2) FTC complaint submitted
3) Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Report submitted
4) econsumer.gov complaints submitted
5) Police report filed with my local lawenforcement
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