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How reputable is the site Victoriabrides?

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How reputable is the site Victoriabrides?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Zoey_JD replied 10 months ago.
Hello, There is no such thing as a scam free dating website, because websites like these are not responsible for the content posted by their members. So no matter how reputable the site, you can still be swindled. This site has been up and running since December 4, 2013, so it's a fairly new site. There are complaints about it that are typical of sites where you can meet Russian and Ukrainian women. That is, basically, they are money mills, very profitable for the company and very very expensive for the customer. These sites do have women really looking to make a connection, but they also use shills to attract customers and to make money for the site. By that, I mean you can only communicate on the dating site with your woman, and everything costs a fee. The women are gorgeous, and when you first join, several come on to you very strongly and seem very interested. In many instances, these women are just employees of the site. They are not really available to date you. But customers don't know that and have to spend a lot of money in order to weed out all the different women and narrow it down to just one. Then you will want to visit her in her own country. She is encouraging. The site can even help make the arrangements, and they are legitimate in that way. But when you get to her country to meet her, complaints about these sites say that you can find you've been matched with someone else instead. Or often, the woman you think you're communicating with doesn't understand a word of English and you learn that you have been pouring out your heart to an interpreter. So the scam is in the nature of a bait and switch. The person who you do wind up meeting may be available and may even really want to find a relationship. She's just not who you bargained for. Whether that's good news or bad I guess depends on who they have waiting for you and how smitten you are with the woman you don't get to have after you have spent all of that money to meet her. Because of the nature of the internet, there is no way of proving identity and availability of anyone you are communicating with on the web. Anything can be fabricated including the information the dating site gives you, as they protect the women's privacy and they are not about to say that they are using decoys. No doubt there are legitimate women on the site who are looking for relationships, but they are not going to be the ones that are too good to be true. These Russian/Ukrainian/Asian bridal sites all have bad reputations. You deal with them at your own risk. There's no way to know for sure whether you're just being set up until you get there and even if she is legitimate, there's no way you're going to know if the chemistry is really there until you meet in person.