ELENA'S MODEL BLOG - Apr 19 - Elena Petrova, founder & CEO of ElenasModels.com calls on all PID sites (premium international dating sites) to stop PPL. "PPL sites face real prospects of being questioned by federal investigators in the near future and fined for millions for aiding fraud", she wrote in her blog post. "Let's call legitimate media representatives and computer experts. We are ready to open our books, databases, computer code to any legitimate media representatives or federal agency, regardless of whether PPL sites wish to do the same", she continued. "If you cannot make money without scamming your clients, then you should not be in this business."
PPL stands for "pay per letter", a system of communication on "dating" sites where users are charged for every message they send or receive through "credits". The largest PPL company claims 1.3M users and 500 agents that provide content (messages, chats), for which they are paid. Men usually pay $1k-3k for communication with impersonators or fake "brides" during the course of a "relationship". According to insiders, PPL industry turnover exceeds $200M annually, and 30k people are employed in Eastern Europe by agents of PPL companies.
The simplest way to detect PPL scams is to look at the communication abnormalities. PPL fraudsters spam men with mails, sending 400-500 mails and chats invitation daily. Genuine women usually send their first message to 3-4 men only, not hundreds. Most of them prefer that men contact them first. On PPL sites, it’s usually men that get swamped in mails and chats.