This site is one of a family of online dating scam sites. This is the same “Get Verified” scam as the Safe and Singe JustNowHookUps.com scam. Same site layout, same attempt to get your money on a difficult to undo credit card charge. See how they do it…
The Safe and Single Setup
It starts with an email response to a post/ad/profile. This one is a Craigslist scam, but the “Get Verified” scam can be found anywhere; Tinder and Badoo are popular for this scam too. The immediate giveaway that you have a scam is that when your ‘date’ replies to you, they cannot answer a simple question, like what color is your dress? etc.
When I find these I like to have a little fun, since I know it is a bot, and this serves as a means to confirm the suspicion. In my introduction, I tell them my name, and some expression of interest and a little about myself. I include a little question about them or something, built in to the conversation, and that way if they answer I know I have a real person. Usually, they do not answer the question, and provide me an email to contact them directly.
At this point, you know you have a robot (bot) that has built a process to get you to some other site. That’s where the fun begins…
When I want to root out the details of the scam that is being run, then I will reply to the email sent. Here is typically how it goes
email from Scammer:
Hi its Anita. I am glad to hear from you, here is my private email. Send me your name, age, where you are, and a picture.
My email to scammer@gm–le.com”:
Hi Its Ronin. I am 89, but I don’t look a day over 77. I live in bufmuck egypt. Where are you? Are you free today or tomorrow?
I usually include a picture of something for fun, like a horses backside, or a little kid picking his nose.
Then you will get another reply mail, that is asking for an additional response. This email verifies that the bot is connected to a real email. It also feeds the scam by creating the illusion of dialog, ramping up your interest, and leading you to believe you have a real person. It goes something like this:
Hi its me again, so good to hear from a real person. I am really looking forward to meeting you. I am never sure about this CL thing. blah blah blah…
yea its really cold here in bufmuck egypt. maybe we could keep each other warm.
After this third step in correspondence is when you get the email response, with a small sales job, that introduces the safe and single scam site, in this case FreeAgeVerificationPage.com. There is nothing particularly special about the email, other than a sometimes awkward use of the English language.
This all might seem a little silly; well it is. There is utility, in that you have to correspond a 3 times before you get to the scam website information. It also ensures that there is no doubt whatsoever that this is an attempted scam.
Safe and Single – The “service”
The site touts that it will verify you, and make sure you are 18 and not a sex offender. There is no fee for this, it is free. You just need to provide a credit card so they can verify you. First you enter some basic information, pick a user ID a password, a location, and give them an email. Next, you are presented a page that requests your credit card. In the terms and conditions, you can find how they make their money… Thru a charge for some additional service. (My emphasis – it isn’t this easy to see in real life)
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Any charges made to your card will appear under ‘INFOPMT.COM’.
Special FREE Bonus Offer:
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So if you’re not careful, you are going to have $130.00 in charges on your card. I have known people who have been in this situation and tried to get the services turned off. Lets just say that the customer service is less than optimal in these situations. You can read Sam’s story here. He ended up disputing the charges (successfully with my help), and cancelling his credit card.
Your not in Kansas anymore
If you go there (please don’t) you will probably see a different offer.
It started with a Craigslist scam in your home town, but you end up, in Bangladesh, China, and who knows where else. A web programming command known as IFrame, is directing you to another site without you knowing it.
Underneath this site is UETRK.com. This is a click generator, and acts as a traffic controllers. UETRK instructs the safe and single site to use a branded dating site in a rotating fashion.
UETRK.com is owned by Shifeng Huang, from Cixi, in the People’s Republic of China. Huang is a busy guy, he has registered at least 10 sites that redirect traffic in this manner.
Safe and Single – FreeAgeVerificationPage.com is a Craigslist scam.
It started as a post on Craigslist, and the online dating scam reveals it self quickly. The “Get Verified” scam attempts to trick you in to signing up for an expensive subscription to a branded dating site, and possibly a branded porn site. Those sites are really the a front end of a white label site. End of story. You can see the details of how this works in the post Get Verified: Tinder, Badoo, and Craigslist – Matrix of a Scam
Remember, although this is a craigslist scam, these online dating scams occur in all online dating sites. A real person will never ask you to verify yourself with a website.
Internals of the Craigslist Scam website
The website is designed to make you think that your date is nearby. The way they do it is by using a java script code from Geoplugin.net. Geoplugin is code that determines your general location by looking at your IP address. The scam website takes that information and makes it appear as if your “date” is in the same general area as you. If you go to the site from California, you will see your date near you as well.
I explain what they are doing for these sorts of scam tactics, You can see the explanation and code snippets here: scam online dating website code.
This site, (nor the underlying hidden site) does not use secure encryption which is an absolute must when conducting any financial transactions. If you’re not familiar just look at the URL – it should start with httpS. My browser (Chrome) has a small padlock icon as well to show that it is secure. Without the encryption, whatever you type in is openly transmitted on the Internet. The site claims a number of secure authorities such as Verisign but that is a scam too. There is no security certificate (no httpS). Here is the Verisign web site that explains certs and https: https://www.verisign.com/security
Of course you should never provide any personal information or any form of payment to any site like this. In fact, once you recognize the pattern, you should just end contact quietly. I take it a step further, just so I can be sure of my facts, and explain to readers what the scam is in detail. Of course I keep all of my antivirus protection up-to-date.
The Craigslist Scammer
The FREEAGEVERIFICATIONPAGE.COM domain is owned by a Mamun Ali, from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
During our email exchanges “Anita” sent me her pictures. We have seen Anita before, in the safedatersverify.com scam. Just a guess, but Mamun probably isn’t a cute blonde.
Mamun Ali is quite the busy guy. I was able to find 15 domains that he registered, all clearly aimed at date verification scams. He doesn’t bother to pay the $7 for the anonymous registry, like most. I guess he feels quite safe in Dhaka – probably justified.
Here are some of the key data points from the Internet Registry record:
Domain Name: FREEAGEVERIFICATIONPAGE.COM Creation Date: Mon Date: 2016-07-15 T18:14:35Z Registrant Name: Mamun Ali Registrant Organization: mamun Registrant Street: Shukrabad , Dhanmondi -32 Registrant City: Dhaka Registrant State/Province: Dhaka Registrant Postal Code: 1207 Registrant Country: BD Registrant Phone: +880.1920188561