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.
In this case my “date” directed me to vspf.pw – 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:
- safelocalfrienddating.com – 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
- cnvst.com – conversationalists date; owned by Kasho holdings, Nicosia, Cyprus
- byskgm.com – Boldly Seeking Marriage; owned by Kings Media SL, Baleares Spain
- dcvrdrnlv.com – Discover Adoring Love; owned by The Leads Factory International B.V, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Lets look deeper in to one of the sites cnvst.com. This site is registered to Vlad Bugariu in Cyprus.
Registrant Name: Vlad Bulgariu Registrant Organization: Kasho Holding Limited Registrant Street: ELEFTHEROUPOLEOS STREET 12 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 (vspf.pw). 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.
Safelocalfrienddating.com 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.
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.