Safe Local Friend Dating Network – Online Dating Scam:

Because I want to know “what is happening now”, I will browse Craigslist dating forums to see what scam sites are being promoted. The Safe Local Friend Dating Network site – VSPF.PW, is a “get verified” online dating scam, with a hidden charge of $40.  Behind the scam is a prolific scammer with a Romanian name, doing business from Cyprus. More about Vlad as the story progresses.

Safe Local Friend Dating – VSPF.PW:  The Scam

A frequent scammer tactic is to include an encoded  email in their post.  This so you can contact them directly and avoid the Craigslist email relay.  This enables  a low labor effort to get you in to the scam robot cycle.  When you send an email, an entirely robotic script kicks in.

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In this case  my “date” directed me to – Safe Local Friend Dating Network.  It is the unfortunately all too typical date verification scam.  The process of sign-up asks for a user name and an email,  then on the next page you are to enter your credit card.   Like all the other date verification scams, there is a charge that isn’t very obvious unless you look very close.  Here is what it says with my emphasis.

I certify that I have read and agree to the complete terms of membership and billing and that the card entered above is my credit card. Your access to LocalSexFriends includes a 2 day free trial promo to Conversationists Date. If you choose to remain a member of Conversationists Date beyond the trial period, your membership will renew at thirty nine dollars and ninety nine cents. Your membership to LocalSexFriends will be Free for Lifetime. You will also receive a free membership to Uberhorny.

You might not be able to see this at all.  In some cases, this text is hidden.  Because they are using an iframe command, you might need to scroll down to see it, or it might be completely hidden from you.  There are multiple sites in the Safe Local Friend Dating Network that can behave differently.

Of course, the  print on the site is much smaller.  If you think you can follow the instructions and get  out of the charge, I would caution you.   These sites are not known for their customer service.  Then if you try and work with the company, there are other roadblocks.  Read on to see what happens.

The Safe Local Friend Dating Network site – VSPF.PW, is registered privately, in Panama.  The .pw (high level domain) is intended for use by business entities in Palau.

There are usually multiple sites, with the same design and branding that use different URL’s.  Here is one such site:

  • – Safe Dating Network  or Verified Dating Network

You are really in Cyprus, or Spain, or England 

No you didn’t make a wrong turn in Des Moines Iowa. Thru use of a programming command known as IFrame, when you type your credit card, is really being typed in to a different website.   The site is redirecting you to a different website without your knowledge.

In fact, it can be any number (hundreds if not thousands) of websites in a rotating fashion.  Here is a very small sample

  • – conversationalists date; owned by Kasho holdings, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • – Boldly Seeking Marriage; owned by Kings Media SL, Baleares Spain
  • – Discover Adoring Love; owned by The Leads Factory International B.V, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Lets look deeper in to one of the sites This site is registered to Vlad Bugariu in Cyprus. Registry

Registrant Name: Vlad Bulgariu
Registrant Organization: Kasho Holding Limited
Registrant City: Nicosia
Registrant State/Province: Keryneia
Registrant Postal Code: P.C. 2001
Registrant Country: CY
Registrant Phone: +01.8663501106

Now I am sure Vlad Bulgariu (a Romanian sur name)  is a fine upstanding Cypriot, but I don’t think I am going to be giving him a credit card number anytime soon.

Vlad Bulgariu seems to be quite the entrepreneur.  He has 33 websites registered with his name on it.  The company  Kasho Holding Limited, also has a Boca Raton Florida address.  The  address in Cyprus seems to be a shell, with multiple business reporting from the building there.

Of course we don’t know if Vlad is a real name or not, there doesn’t seem to be much else to find on him.

One of the tricks the company does, is to ask for additional information when canceling a subscription.  They ask for the first 6, and last 4 of  your credit card number, and/or a full checking account number.  You can read  The complaint filed at the Better Business Bureau for Kasho Holding Limited.   – an unresolved credit card dispute.   An unresolved, credit card dispute.  I’m shocked (he said with a nod to Claude Rains).

Faking the Location of your “Date”

TheSafe Local Friend Dating Network (VSPF.PW) site fakes the location of your ‘date’.  It is easy to detect, I can go to the same page from my land-line connected internet, and from my cell phone at the same time and get two different locations.

Faking how long they have been in business

The Safe Local Friend Dating Network (VSPF.PW) claims to have been in business since 2010.  The site was initially registered in March, 2015.  Vlad’s sites, have been around since 2015.

No Happy Ending here

This is not the start of a beautiful friendship.  Casablanca and Cyprus are a long way off.    You are not going to meet anyone on Safe Local Friend Dating Network (  It is not safe.  It is a scam.

If this seems like a complicated set up, you got that right.   The rabbit hole goes even deeper, because the dating site where you typed your information, is really a front end for a White Label Dating Services site.  You don’t really know who has your credit card.  You can read more about the details of this whole thing is put together in my post Get Verified: Tinder, Badoo, and Craigslist – Matrix of a Scam.

Of course as soon as you see someone posting their email, phone number, or kik ID  in a Craigslist post, you should just flag it and hit the next button.   I just spend the time here to expose and explain, so readers will know what they are dealing with, and be able to apply that information as the travel the roads of the Internet.

I would love to hear from anybody to see what their experiences are with any of the sites, or Kasho Holdings. You can comment below, or send me a private message in the strictest of confidence. is another version of this scam page.   Amy Kristen sends an email for you to get verified.  The domain name was registered anonymously in October 2016.   Amy Kristen is a name I  have seen in a lot of these emails.

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Post Script

Recognizing an Online Dating Scammer

Here are some of the quick things to watch for on Craigslist, or any internet forum for that matter.

  • Poor use of the English language (or what ever language is native to your location)
  • The poster places quick contact information in the ad, such as  phone number, email address, Kik ID, etc.
  • Fake pictures – see my page on Tineye Search
  • Lots of blank spaces between the end of the text and the bottom of the post (the bot has a bug that they don’t seem to care about)
  • 2 pictures that are the same
  • Cell phone numbers that are not from Retail Providers – See my Cell Phone Farmer post.
  • Patterns – really, they use the same text over and over again.
  • Over the top language – There are some real women on sites, the approach that a woman uses (even in casual hookups) is not likely to be  like something from a porno flick.

For additional information, you can visit the FBI, which has additional behaviors of the typical scammer.

Vlad Bulgariu / Kasho Holding Limited websites.

Safe Dating Network was registered anonymously in the Bahamas on October 21, 2016.  Their website claims to have been in business since 2010.


22 thoughts on “Safe Local Friend Dating Network – Online Dating Scam:

  1. Thanks for the heads up. I came across this scam on Craig’s list . it was exactly as you’ve explained. but I’m not giving credit card info to be verified. Then an hour later I get a second introdutory email as if their computer didn’t take into account our previous conversation. That’s when I googled safelocal friend scam and found your article. Thanks again.


  2. Thanks, was just about to send c/c info because the pictures were showing up with less garments on. Then I googled and found your post. You saved me the headache and gave me good solid info !


  3. Under their Terms and Conditions, You will not find a number to call to cancel their so called 7 day free trial.
    If you don’t cancel before the 7th day, you will be billed $39.95 per month.
    Also the “Any charges made to your credit card will appear under ‘SERVSCASH.COM ”
    SERVSCASH.COM IS not a valid website address. Like he says “You don’t really know who has your credit card” So how do you cancel the service? Cancel the credit card or get bank to refuse charges.
    But then they will just change their name and continue to charge away.
    So much for our free enterprise in this country.


  4. I used a virtual credit card # (with ShopSafe, through Bank Americard), funded with only $5.00. It was declined, as I expected it to be. They had tried to charge more than $5. Then I Googled the safelocalfreinddatingnetwork (note: friend is spelled wrong) and found your scam page. Thanks, -kn


  5. I don’t think you are actually talking to a real person. I think it’s a computer spitting out canned messages.
    Because I have asked specific questions and never get an answer back.
    Also when you do go this site to register. You see the person you supposedly talking to, pictures and all,
    Their profile. In my case this women lived in same town as I did. Do they have some way of detecting your exact location? and put this in the profile to make it more interesting? Again I asked for her to name something in our town that anyone who lives here should know. But never got an answer back.
    That’s why I think it’s not a real person you are talking to.


  6. Twice now I have tried to post a warning message on Craig List. Under the subject Personals/casual encounters/W4M about this scam/fraud that’s going on, warning to other guys not to go there.
    First of all I can’t find it once it says it’s published. So I don’t know where CL is putting it or hiding it.
    Then next day I look at my account under my postings. An it says it’s been flagged for removal.
    Who’s doing this?? Is this CL operators that’s removing it?? Why would they do that??
    Have you ever tried posting some kind of warning message to other guys about the scam scheme going on??


    • I can only answer with partial certainty, but I can get you close.

      I KNOW that It is not CL operations. They are quite negligent – because there are things they could do to screen out a large majority of scams – they just choose not to. e.g. a poster from California isn’t likely looking for a date in Iowa. 😉 Then you have a combination of the vigilantes and scammers themselves. CL Vigilantes will flag anything not a W4M post. In some cases, they actually have networks and chat rooms where they gang up to to go flag something. In their view, you posting a warning doesn’t add value – kinda of a “no shit Sherlock” moment to them. I don’t agree with it, because new people go there all the time, as evidenced by the large number of visitors to my site. There are also some scammers who might flag it as well, but I think they are the minority.

      I have posted a warning in W4M and kept it up for a day or so, but it eventually gets flagged, and I posted again, based on the number of positive comments I received. I think because it was a high quality post, it lasted a little longer. I also posted it in rants and raves. That post is essentially the same content as my craigslist post here –


  7. I wish I had done my homework. I actually called to cancel my subscription with one of these fake sites. It seems to have gone through, and I did get a confirmation number. But to be safe, I am canceling my credit card.


  8. Ronin I feel affirmed having visited this site. I have recognized all the earmarks of the scammers and avoided them. Whew! I guess my questions are; Are there real people on Cl?; and if so; How do you meet them?


  9. I date asia seems to be a white label dating site, so I would not classify the same as the shell sites that sign you up for white label and porn sites. That said, I would not bother with the site. The owner has chosen to stay anonymous, and these sites have very little to offer that is unique.


  10. Thanks. Another variation:
    Same thing.
    I suggested to “her” that while I respected “her” need for safety, that I was concerned about my digital safety and asked to meet for a drink in a public place. Rejected.

    “She” in this case posted an adv on a dating site (Cougar Life) and included “her” email address in “her” profile. Probably because the site admins sniffed out the scam and shut “her” down too quickly for a lot of PM’s back and forth.


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