We're all humans, we all appreciate a little R&R in our lives, so wouldn't it be nice if we could just get our rocks off without having to deal with the various lowlifes of the world?
Unfortunately, because of the nature of the escort, companion, and adult service provider business, scammers and bad citizens are attracted to it. Here at Skipthegames we've seen three main types of problems that people have to deal with:
These are fake ads that are set up to draw a client in. The goal is to get a deposit for the booking sent to them, after which they cancel at the last minute, or simply fail to show up at the place you where agreed to meet. Usually the ad is priced slightly cheaper than normal with a wide range of services on offer and, of course, the provider is nearly always very good looking. If you use the "Is this photo real?" feature to search for similar photographs by click on the "Is this image real link" link under a photo, you'll almost certainly see the same ad on other sites for totally different cities. This is a major red flag.
A famous example of this type of ad is the "Exotic Christi" or "Sensual Christi" ads which we constantly take down from our site.
The ad photos show a 20-25 year old very amateur looking blonde that you'd be ecstatic to take home from a bar.
Sometimes these scammers will have a phone number where a female voice answers (if the provider is female, obviously) in a sultry manner, but most often they will only have an email address. Upon contacting them, the time you are requesting will of course be available, and they only need a small deposit «to make sure you show up as we've had so many cancellations…» After sending the scammer the deposit (they'll be various methods) you're out of luck. Never, ever, pay a deposit. If a provider asks for this, don't let your little brain do the talking, simply say "No, thanks" and go elsewhere.
Again, similar to the fake deposit ads, these ads use photos of very good looking women (or men). These ads though, do not have any phone contact information. The goal here is for you to email the person who posted the ad, they will typically reply very quickly, saying that they can meet up with you whenever and wherever you want. All you need to do is "verify your identity" — for the safety of the escort, of course! They'll send you a link to a site like, http://SafeDatingFun.com, http://AdultProfileFinder.com/, or http://SafeDateTonight.com/, typically with a link sending you directly to a profile photo. This profile photo will always show your current location as the location of the "escort" in question. These sites will then have you sign up to verify your identity. Some will use age verification as an excuse. Sometimes they will say they won't charge your credit card, other times they may charge your credit card a dollar.
The aim of this scam is to steal your credit card information. Don't be fooled.
Never enter your credit card information as part of a verification process.
This, unfortunately, happens somewhat frequently. You see a gorgeous girl in an advertisement, you call her up, she sounds sweet, 30 minutes later she's knocking at your hotel room door, you open the door in your robe all ready to greet her and then boom! Let's just say, this wasn't just a little bit of photoshopping.
In other circumstances, you may feel like a blonde, but instead a brunette arrives at your door claiming that «oh, I just dyed my hair yesterday and I haven't taken new photos yet.» This happens when a few girls (or guys) work together and the person you call is busy, so they send their friend, thinking if someone shows up at your door, you aren't going to turn them away. The easiest way to guard against this is, when you're making an appointment, to politely ask the provider to send you a photo of her/himself in the mirror holding up a piece of paper with some text on it like, «Hi Sam», where Sam is the name you are using. This ensures that it's a freshly taken photo and the person that meets you looks like the person in the ad.
There are two main types of robberies that happen in this business: Meetings that are setups for a robbery Opportunistic robberies, where you pay your provider an agreed upon fee, and they suddenly dash out of the hotel room with the money. Alternatively, you may be robbed whilst you're in the shower or some variation on this. Realize that you can never be 100% safe in this business, especially if you're seeing a provider in an area where prostitution is illegal or semi-legal. Some providers will take advantage of this by assuming you won't go to the police if they rob you. Accept that there will always be some risk, and that your best course of action is to minimize your risks and if something bad does happen to minimize the potential damage that could be done to you.
With that in mind, a small selection of advice:
A single scammer may create many accounts using different email addresses. They don't want to check multiple mailboxes, so they enter their "real", single email address in the body of the ad, inviting you to write to this address. Don't encourage them: ignore the email in the ad and use the "Email me" button.
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