By Katie Nelson
In a shocking new revelation: people are lying on the internet. After many users complained of being misled and swindled out of their money on popular Chinese dating websites, the Shanghai Matchmaking Association is now implementing a credit system to weed out fraudsters.
In a recent example reported by Shanghai Daily, a postgraduate woman used one of the top matchmaking web sites, Baihe.com, to meet a man who claimed to be the chairman of a company. Everything was going swimmingly until she got pregnant with his child and found out he was actually a farmer. A married farmer.
[He] had also swindled her out of 100,000 yuan (US$16,129). Pregnant by his child, she demanded 500,000 yuan as compensation from the website and asked the Chaoyang District People’s Court in Beijing to rule one of Baihe’s clauses ‘unable to verify members’ marital status’ as invalid.
Cases like this resulted in over 70 complaints to the Shanghai Matchmaking Association last year.
Dating websites have become a wildly popular alternative for those seeking love, especially in China, where partnerships based on economic and demographical specificities are of utter importance.
According to the New York Times:
Without traditional family or social networks, many men and women have taken their searches online, where thousands of dating and marriage Web sites have sprung up in an industry that analysts predict will soon surpass $300 million annually. These sites cater mainly to China’s millions of white-collar workers.