So here it goes it is time to get into the serious business of the site: review dating websites, chat websites and anything related to the love industry around Ukraine. Why? Because out there’s a ton of scam, and maybe the experience of one person (me) with the addition of your comments can help out other fellow brothers. Also, this kind of websites pop up, rise and disappear so fast that I will try to only review websites that have been running for a while (it is highly likely that a website arising in a month is full of fake profiles).
So to begin this section I will check out how Ukraine Brides Agency (link) works out for me, my general experience and the ups and downs. A good aspect is that they have detailed information of how they operate which makes them (so far) look like a real service with a trustworthy personal; one of the downsides is that the company itself is operated by some “Keith Gordon” who resides at New Zealand and from whom I was not able to find much information (though, maybe I could try contacting them directly later on).
What they offer?
Ukraine Brides Agency declares itself as an agency to facilitate friendships and relationships that can eventually turn into a marriage and migration of one of both parties. It seems to be partnership of smaller agencies in different cities along Ukraine.
They offer the possibility to browse through profiles of women, send messages, initiate chat conversations and finally send a broad variety of gifts that go from roses up to jewelry. On the other hand they also work as a travel agency as they can arrange travels for you, a group or persons and also arrange a meeting with some of the women you have been talking with. I’ll go later on about the prices.
The first thing I got to say is that even though that they assure that the profiles are 100% real, the advertisements on the front page leave some doubts. All the photos seem to be of heaven models or more, so at the beginning I was a little skeptical. Anyway, creating an account is free so let’s give a first peek to see how the actual service is. Update on this issue.After Keith Gordon contacted me, he explained that a requirement for publishing the photos is that these should look professional and have quality.
Woah, my second impression (once I registered) is actually good. As you can see in the following screen-cap there seems to be a broad variety of persons, and not all the girls are stunning and perfect (which in my humble opinion is a good sign).
I decided to look for how real these pictures could, by using the Google Images search tool you can find if a photo has been published elsewhere. This way I was able to notice something good: most of the photos are genuine (haven’t been published in other websites), although I still found some bad things: I found some photoshoped pictures of girls (face cropped into body of models), and other photos which are available in several dating agencies at the same time (Bride Helena, Czech Ladies, Mermeladies, etc… almost always the information is exactly the same).
I won’t go into details but I am prone to believe this: the profiles have been copied from this website in almost all the cases (by checking date of publication in the other websites); some profiles are fake profiles or at least contain partial fake information, in this case I let you draw your own conclusions.
Anyway, heads up and let’s see how the rest works
So the next thing I do is create my profile using real information of who I am in real life. As they suggest, I even upload a photo. Here I need to say something important; I am an average person, with some hobbies, nothing special or to be impressed of.
So from here now the options are quite limited:
- View profiles (but not the private photos and videos)
- Nudge ladies.
And on the other hand:
- Receive letters from ladies (but you won’t be able to reply until you pay)
- Receive nudges.
Oh well, after one hour of being online it turns out that I have got 11 messages from 5 different girls, all of them are messages with romantic intentions that I find hard to believe are for real. Immediately they invite you to chat conversations which also cost so here is the dead end for now.
They give you 4 credits when you register so let’s see if I can find something interesting or I should just go and take a look on the prices.
Each credit costs $1.25 USD (discounts while buying 50 credits or more, with a reduction up to $1 USD per credit).
- A message costs 3.60 credits ($4.5 USD)
- Text chatting costs 0.40 credits per minute ($0.5 USD)
- Video chatting costs 1 credit per minute ($1.25 USD)
- Checking the photos costs 0.75 credits per gallery, the videos cost 1.5 credits per clip.
- The gifts range from 35 credits ($43.75 USD) for some roses up to 300 credits ($375 USD) for some jewelry.
- And the most important thing: a fee of 100 credits ($125 USD) to get the contact details of a woman.
Well, here it is. The Agency claims to be some of the cheapest out there, I haven’t compared a lot yet, so I couldn’t tell at the very moment.
There are lots of things that make me feel that this website has some scam profiles. The fact that so many ladies contact you in such a short period of time (as I am writing this I think there are already 12 women), the fact that all of them will send you a message and then invite you to chat, and finally the fact that the reply rate of nudging is 100%… All of this seems quite automatic…
But the most disturbing thing is the sort of messages you get, which I find hard to believe can come from real persons. For example:
It is amazing to receive your true interest in me:)I will be happy to know you and to develop our communication. I am here with true feelings as well. I have a wish to find someone who really want have some future.
Do you know that there are five languages of love? Do you want to master those languages with me? As for me I need to have a good partner for it! I know the first language! It is communication….let’s start with it and will see how we know it!)))
Do you know what? I want to be the angel for you! I want to come from the sky for you every day. I will be able to make hot chocolate for you in the morning and we will have breakfast together.
When we can start?:)
See? Between all that gibberish of words there is not a single description of who she really is, just a highly romantic invitation to get to know each other. Be sincere, is the a woman who would write like that on the Internet?
But not everything is bad; actually I found some profiles with sincere descriptions which could actually belong to women there. I am curious to check a little more on the website, but that will have to wait (before spending some money I want to make a list of the sites which seem to be more trustworthy).
August 8th, 2016
Still, whenever I log in I start getting invitations for Webcams, Chatting and nudges, almost automatically (which only raises my doubts about this service). I will wait for some replies and from there on draw some additional conclusions (if the replies ever come).
Update #2: Good news on the way
August 22th, 2016
At the time I published this post I didn’t expect it will drag so much attention, but it did. It actually reached the Headquarters of the Agency itself who early this morning sent a detailed comment explaining some details of the way they have decided to do their business.
I got to admit I am really glad and impressed with Keith sincere explanation. So I need to add some details to this post:
- First of all, I have corrected a couple of missleading information of the post. Specially the “score system” which I didn’t think that much, specially because I don’t have many other websites to compare for the time being.
- Second, I invite you to read the explanation about the way they handle their business. Specially why these letters seem to be so ideal (Read her comment bellow for the full story).
- Third, I am glad they have taken their time and effort to point out each of my doubts in this post without me even contacting them. And sorry for not trying to reach you before writing this.
Update #3: Still fishy
October 15th, 2018
As time has passed by the amount of emails and comments has increased. Most of them point the site to be a scam, full of fake profiles and with girls who will disappear after a month of so of talking.