So after urgings by a friend…I go post on one of those “Meet overseas women” sites. He travels alot for work (jewelry shopper) and apparently uses such sites to meet ladies to hang out with while he is abroad.
So I sign up figuring I would see what it looks like. I basically copy and paste my OK Cupid Profile info and post a couple pics.
Couple heavy work days follow, didnt look at personal email.
Finally check…WOW ok I already see why some guys like this. The response is overwhelming. Like 35 replies
So I start looking through the replys about half scream scammer, obvious cookie cutter replies, various please send money so I can get visa, computer/internet time, check my profile at (porn site), etc.
But the rest of them…other than occasional atypical bits of english grammar you would expect from a non primary english speaker. Nice, polite, personalized replies that referenced items in my profile and looked like well constructed personal responses.
Ok so I read through them all. I eliminate most for one reason or another. I reply to 4 of them. After exchanging a dozen or so emails 2 more have been eliminated. I have 2 left…Both heartstopping gorgeous, both I have chatted with live on webcam, and both smart, practical, claim to have pretty good jobs. The one started asking alot of pointed financial questions and started asking for money for travel expenses to come see me. Granted I can afford it, but it put me on guard and eventually ruled her out. So one left
2 months pass, we talk almost every day, sometimes for hours mostly yahoo chat sometimes video sometimes not. I mention the idea of coming here. She thinks its a great idea. She says she will look into travel expenses. I ask if she requires assistance with travel expenses and she says she may need help with some of it, but thinks she can handle most of it. about a week later I get a scanned copy of her passport dates all indicate its new, and a picture of her holding it. Ok feels legit. Her visa interview was yesterday and she said it went well. She went through some kind of “travel agency” that apparently helps coach you through the interview and helps assemble all the proper documentation as well as goes along for the interview. She will know within 2 weeks if she will get the visa and if so she is coming to visit and stay with me for a month. The travel agency claims 90%+ success rates and as long as she was honest with travel place and answered as they instructed her it should be fine. The only thing she asked financially is return airfare. She is basically saying she can here if I can pay her return flight back (around $600).
So she is willing to drop about $1K to fly here and meet me between passport, visa, and flight. Most of the time I hear about all kinds of horror stories about people sending money then never hearing back. This one looks totally on the up and up. Granted she may just be playing a long game but I am not going to pay out for any last minute “emergencies”, and last minute cancellations or cold feet really have no benefit to her…so I think 90% of the scams are off the table.
(checks condom supply) 97.8% of the scams
So it looks like my online lady is getting into reality. Hopefully this all goes better than Bubba and his honey.
Bonus, I get a crash course in vietnamese cooking. Luckily she thinks balut is disgusting.