Dating Portal Fraud | Shift - Living in the Digital Age | DW | 22.04.2013
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Dating Portal Fraud

What sounds like a teenager's dream has become reality for two German gamers. They're earning money by playing computer games. Gronkh and Sarazar are the stars of the German "Let's Play" scene.

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Lonely German men are searching the internet for the perfect partner - preferably from Russia. On commercial data portals it's easy to get to know suitable candidates. These women claim to want to come to Germany, but say they need money for a visa and the flight. Their bogus profiles are often a cover for Russian criminals who fleece the naive.