How to Avoid Online Dating Scams - Top 6 Principles to Follow
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How to Avoid Online Dating Scams – Top 6 Principles to Follow

Online Dating Scams

The scams of online dating are plentiful. I’d have to write a book just to describe them all. Scammers have nothing to do but sit around and figure out new ways to get your money. It’s a lucrative business.

Often, the scammers are men who are posing as beautiful girls. Sometimes, the scammer is indeed a pretty Filipina.

Either way, it’s easy for them to make money. They have a plethora of unsuspecting prey to target.

They target you, the lonely foreigner who is recently divorced and starving for some attention. They know exactly how to pull your heart strings and get you to send some money via Western Union even though you’ve never met.

In reality, you just sent a hundred bucks to a 35-year-old man in Nigeria. Or, a Filipina with a husband and five kids tricked you into buying Tanduay Rum and rice for the week.

How to Avoid Being Scammed – Top 6 Principles

Instead of trying to educate you on a thousand different scams, I’ve come up with six basic principles for you to follow. As long as you follow my advice, you should eliminate 99% of the bullshit.

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Should you not follow these principles, your ass will probably lose some money for being stupid. Here they are up front:

  1. Do NOT send money to anyone
  2. Follow my routine of communication
  3. Spot the obviously fake profiles
  4. Recognize the signs of a ladyboy
  5. Don’t provide blackmail material
  6. Assume nothing is real until you meet in person

Do Not Send Money to Anyone!

Do not send money to anyone you meet online!


Nothing else needs to be said.

I don’t give a damn about how much you think you “know” a girl already because you skyped. Don’t be a dumbass.

Do not fucking send money to anyone!

Get the picture? I hope you do because there are thousands of dumbasses who get ripped off every day. Don’t be one of them.

The Routine of Communication

I don’t text chat for more than five minutes with any girl I meet on FilipinoCupid or DateInAsia.

After five minutes, I tell her to go to Skype, Facebook, LINE, etc., and video chat. If she cannot video chat, it’s a scam! That pretty girl is really a big, fat, sweaty man with a beard!

Listen, these girls know the progression. You meet on FilipinoCupid and then you start video chatting.

If a girl says that she doesn’t have a camera, that’s a real possibility. Tell her to go to a comm shop (Internet cafe) that has a camera. Problem solved.

If she says there are no shops that have cameras and asks you to send some money so she can buy one, it’s a scam. Block her! Don’t fall for the oldest trick in the book.

Do not send money to any girl to purchase a webcam! It’s a scam! You’re sending money to a dude in Nigeria.

Text and photos on a dating profile mean nothing! Seeing a real live girl and hearing her female voice on video means you’re probably at least, conversing with a woman. You can move forward from there.

Spot the Fake Profiles

One of the easiest ways to spot a fake profile on FilipinoCupid is when the profile pictures look professional. If the girl looks like she hired a professional photographer, it’s a scam. If the Eiffel tower is in the background, it’s a scam.

Girls here do not have the money to pay for professional photographs. That’s reality. Most of them don’t even have a cell phone with a camera on it!

Grainy photos taken in low light with a cinder block wall for a background? Those are real chicks. Roosters, bamboo, and twenty kids in the background indicate an authentic photograph taken in the Philippines.

A girl who looks like a supermodel is not real. That’s a Nigerian guy who ripped the photo off of Vanity Fair Magazine’s website.

Just use some common sense when you look at the girl’s profile.

Most Filipinas are poor. Hey, I’m not being judgmental. I’m merely stating fact. Keep that in mind.

Watch Out for the Ladyboys!

If you are chatting with a girl and she is way too accommodating to everything you say, it is probably a ladyboy.

If you meet a girl, chat for five minutes, ask her to go to Boracay for a week with you, and she agrees? That quick? It’s a ladyboy.

Hey, I’m not judging you if that’s what you are looking for. To each his own. But, most guys are not looking for ladyboys and end up getting the surprise of their lives.

Overly aggressive, overly agreeable to your requests, and chomping at the bit to meet you right now, are all indicators of ladyboys.

If you’re not sure, just ask them if they are a ladyboy. Most of the time I’ve asked in the past, they will tell you that yes, they are in fact a ladyboy.

Now, there are some unscrupulous ladyboys out there who will obviously try to deceive you. Pay attention or you could be in for a shock.

Don’t Get Blackmailed


Listen, I don’t say that to judge you or try to police the way you live your life. The reason I say that is because it’s often a scam and a way for you to get blackmailed.

Guys sometimes think they are talking to a pretty girl and that she’s getting freaky by asking for the photos. So, they send a dick pic like a dumbass.

In reality, it’s a scam artist who intends to use the images to extort money from you. Only engage in that type of activity if you’ve already met the girl in person and know she is genuine (if that’s your flavor).

Assume Nothing is Real Until You Meet in Person!

Until you meet a girl face-to-face, right here in the Philippines, you know absolutely nothing about her.

Assume you are being lied to.

If you’re really serious about a girl, you have to travel. Until you meet in person, a girl is nothing more than a fake Facebook friend. She’s just a chat mate.

Once you meet in person, spend a few days with her to decide if you really like the girl. If you do, then you need to walk into her home and meet the entire family.

Until all of that occurs, do not believe anything she has told you online.


I make no guarantees on the relationship itself. You’re on your own at that point. Make sure you read all of my articles on How to Date a Filipina so you’re well prepared.

Do as much research as you can about online dating so that your best interests are protected.

But hey, life is short. You have a take a chance every now and then to get ahead.

  • Robert May 22, 2018, 6:15 pm

    “Grainy photos taken in low light with a cinder block wall for a background? Those are real chicks. Roosters, bamboo, and twenty kids in the background indicate an authentic photograph taken in the Philippines.” I laughed my ass off for at least 5 mintues when I read this. It is spot-on accurate!

    I corresponded with a beautiful Filipina for six months and stupidly sent her money during the last month of the relationship before I wised up. After I pulled my head out of the clouds and started thinking objectively again, I realized all 150 of the “selfies” she sent me were probably taken by a professional photographer. The lighting was just too perfect and the photos were all interestingly cropped to highlight her face, neck, and chest. There were never any chickens, dogs, kids, or cinderblock walls in the background despite the low-income lifestyle she claimed to be living. And, of course, she told me I was the only guy she was sending them to.

    Good writing Mr. Blackard and thank you for the valuable insight.

  • Mark Blackard May 24, 2018, 1:59 am

    Thanks for the comment, my friend. I think that’s what a lot of guys forget to consider when they first start trying to meet a Filipina online (myself included). If a girl says she’s too poor to afford Internet or a decent cell phone, then how in the hell did she take all of those beautiful, high-quality photos? If she does have a cell phone, it’s probably a talk and text only from Cherry Mobile. Maybe there is one cousin in the village who’s rocking an old Chinese knockoff Samsung that’s five years old with a cracked screen. It don’t take good photos. Ha! We get temporarily blinded by beauty.

  • Chris J September 2, 2018, 12:28 pm

    Huh. Good article. Me, I’m married and retired to the Philippines with my Filipina wife of 30+ years and I am doing research. I’m a comics artist and I want to do a comic about a guy who moves to the Philippines for love, sex, and companionship (not necessarily in that order) and its the tale of how that happens, how it fails, how it works, etc. So I research these sites and their advice. I met one guy who did an online connection, dated and took the girl around the Philippines for two months, met his ‘soul mate’ he said…and yet, once he returned to Britain, within a week his soulmate had pictures of her wedding up on Facebook…to some ex-Marine from Texas! Even meeting a woman…you never know…

  • Mark Blackard September 2, 2018, 11:48 pm


    Yeah, many Western guys have had that happen to them. Just part of the game when you only have limited time to spend outside your home country. The girls are going with the bird in hand.

    Hey, good luck with your comic. Let me know when you get it published so I can check it out. Your project reminded me of a book I see on the shelves here in Thailand. Never read it, though. It’s called A Fool in Paradise . The cover of the book makes me laugh. The author also wrote a book called Money Number One .


  • Didier Thomas December 25, 2018, 8:12 pm

    It’s a great article. I am embarrassed to say that I’ve fallen for the “need a new mobile phone” a few times over the years. Now I just will not send any money, period. (Well, I did once just to see what would happen: the girl wanted to get a tattoo of my name and, guess what, she actually did! Crazy and well worth it for the entertainment factor alone — she took a bunch of vids of the whole process.)

    The hard part is the cases that are not necessarily outright scams but seem like them. There are some very, very poor people over there and they do legitimately run into crises. I think the best way to leave it with a girl you know in person is to only be willing to support her in the event of genuine, demonstrable emergencies. That gives her stability in life yet keeps it real.

    One thing I will say: don’t be too hard on yourself if you do get scammed. Everyone does sooner or later with these little beauties. Trust me. It’s all too easy to make a dumb mistake. It’s a little bit like an evening out gambling: don’t spend any more than you can afford to lose, and have a great time in the process. Certainly don’t mess around with large amounts of money, that’s just crazy.