Dating Site Elena's Models Bans 3 Locations Due To Scams

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Eastern European dating site Elena's Models banned 3 locations within Ukraine due to pervasive scams. Profiles from Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, and Odessa are no longer accepted by the site.

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3 Ukrainian locations banned by Elenasmodels.com.

In a way similar to Nigerian love scams, Ukrainian fraudsters perpetrate victims' defences with assurances of honesty and genuine interest.

Eastern European dating site Elena's Models banned 3 locations within Ukraine due to pervasive scams. Profiles from Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv (Kharkov), Zaporizhia (Zaporozhye), and Odessa are no longer accepted by the site.

Elenasmodels.com founder Elena Petrova blames the virus spread of paid chat (PPL) sites in these areas.

"When we get profiles from these areas, usually after exchanging a few messages men are asked to move to a PPL site, if they wish to continue communication. It became so bad that we had to completely ban profiles from Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, and Odessa," Petrova said.

"The problem with having bad profiles on the site is that such listings generate high amounts of communication, use psychology to lure men in. In a way similar to Nigerian love scams, Ukrainian fraudsters perpetrate victims' defences with assurances of honesty and genuine interest.

"In reality, love confessions may be just a way to make a guy pay for endless chats at $2 a minute, mails at $1-5 per message. In fact, chats on PPL sites may not even originate from a human. One software supplier advertises a chat bot designed specifically for PPL dating sites, which boasts over 30,000 users.

"Imagine that: 30 thousand bots out there chatting with American, European, Australian men at 2 dollars a minute. If all of them are used, it would be 60 thousand dollars per minute; 3.6 million dollars an hour; 86 million dollars in 24 hours.

"The only problem of PPL sites is how to get men who would pay for this "sweet talk". This is why they try to load their profiles everywhere, just like Nigerian scammers do.

"We had banned Nigeria and other locations within Africa years ago because of too much fraud. Now the same widespread scams come from Ukrainian cities of Zaporizhia, Kharkiv, and Odessa. It was a regular business choice to stop accepting profiles from these locations," Petrova stated.

Elenasmodels.com doesn't use PPL and offers limitless communication, sharing of contact information between users. Purchasing a membership allows members to send and receive unlimited messages at no extra cost.

About Elenasmodels.com:

Elenasmodels.com is an international dating site for people seeking relationships, romance, and long-term partners. It has been established in 1999 and listed over 2 million user profiles since that date. Elena's Models users live in more than 170 countries of the world.

Contact:

Darrin Field
Manager, Public Relations
Great Media Limited (trading as Elena's Models)
+ 61 404 656 847

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