Online Dating Scam: Free Meals For Life

How The Free Meal Scam Works

According to statistics, there are over 91 million people worldwide having at least one account on online dating websites. Needless to say, among such a huge amount of people there are hundreds of thousands of bad apples as well. Unfortunately, day after day many people fall victims to horrible romance scams pulled continuously by heartless individuals. How does this scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Online Dating: Free Meals scam exposed:

Let’s take a look. You’re looking for love, and like many of your 21st-century counterparts, you decide to take the hunt online. You fill out your profile with detail and intent – you aren’t just looking for a date; you’re looking for a mate.

The next day, you get a message from a beautiful woman, which reads as follows: “Hey! My name’s Tara. I read over your profile and you seem very interesting because I think we have a lot in common. Want to get together sometime?” You click “Reply” before you’re even done reading the email and the next thing you know you’re setting something up for next Friday.

You even send a message to your friends bragging about how beautiful she is. You want to impress her and you pick the nicest restaurant you can think of and afford. You meet, have a great evening and it ends with a kiss on the cheek. Next week, another date, another fancy restaurant, another smooch. But after that, the conversation tapers off.

What just happened?

Living the Dream and Getting a Commission for It

You replay your steps: she said you have a lot in common, you were a gentleman, you showed a genuine interest, you picked up the check, and you weren’t pushy or weird – what could you have done wrong? She tells you she wants to back off a little. There’s a chance she just wasn’t into you, sure. However, often she was taking advantage. Professionally.

It is reported thousands of members of these online dating websites are in it just for the “free food for life” campaign. Some have breakfast, lunch and dinner free every day, with three different guys, while tricking them into thinking they’re interested.

free meals scam


Some women take this scam a step further and strike a deal with the restaurant to get a commission every time they bring customers in. It seems someone is trying to make a living off of your soul slowly dying.

On the other hand, there are other online dating scams, where you never get to see the crook, whether male or female.

Other online dating schemes include the Background CheckReal Love TrickNew In Town Intro, and the Student Scam. Also, be aware of a whole category of Google Hangouts scams.

How To Avoid The Free Meal Scam

If you’re really looking for a soul mate, start things off with a coffee date – or at least go somewhere within your price range. Sure, it’s nice to take someone out with the aim to impress, but a person looking for a life partner won’t need you to spend $200 to know if she likes you.

If you are really looking to start dating somebody starting online, just join legitimate websites like Ashley Madison or Searching For Singles)


How To Report The Free Meal Scam

Make your family and friends aware of the Free Meal scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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  2. Watch out for this:

    story from scammer using picture of
    adult model Busty Hailie a.k.a. Haley Crush

    On Saturday, 14 February 2015, 10:36, Lisa bruce wrote:

    Hey David,

    How are you doing today ?i really appreciate your response ,and sorry for late reply,i want you to know that am new to this internet dating,but i believe things will work out the way we want from here and we can start a relationship,so i will like to tell you about myself,i hope this letter finds you well…I was born in the year 1978 and that was when my whole family were living in England,before we relocated to the united states,where i grew up,Am the only daughter of my both parents,and Dad was a goldsmith in Essex.and he is originally from United Kingdom,while mum is from the United State in Maryland.

    I lost my Dad four years ago when he got involved in a motor accident,when himself and mum went to visit one of a family member,According to the officers that witnessed it,he said the car brake failed and dad couldn’t control himself,so he died in his attempt to gain balance,anyway mum is yet to get over the shock of the accident,she was able to survive while dad died immediately.After dad`s death,i stayed with mum for sometime in Maryland,But when things were not easy as it used to be ,i had no choice than to move to one of our far relations who was then before her death was a fashion designer and hairdresser.through her i met so many people and she introduced me into fashion designing and female hairdressing.

    I spent years in learning it from her,A year after i completed my apprenticeship,my mum passed away and i immediately caught up with life and started operating on my own after spending few months working for her,I was there working with her before a childhood friend called me that a promoter approached her that he is looking for qualified fashion designer and whatever happens he would like to take one of us to NIGERIA for some contracts. My friend was picked but unfortunately she could not make the trip-it was during the process that she met the man of her life on the dating site and to my surprise, it was not long that they got married and i was really happy for them,her case got me convinced that this on-line dating thing can really work. And both of them are still in their honey moon somewhere in Hawaii and that was the reason this man decided to bring me down.I was replaced in her place and getting to NIGERIA we met the CEO of a textile company in Nigeria,they talked and my promoter agreed that we will need to advertise his new textile products as the company is a newly established one .It’s been 2weeks that we have been here in Nigeria and the contract will be lapsing soon but(Mr jame bill)my promoter quickly went down to China to secure some contracts and he promised to be back by next week. So i am kind of lonely for now but i am doing all in my power to keep myself busy.

    Now,i am looking for a new love,relationship (Mr Right) that’s the reason you saw my profile on the dating site it was exactly this site that my friend met her husband and thank God they are now happily married.But the kind of man am looking for must be very well responsible,honest,caring, lovely,open minded As for the type of companion I desire. It is rather simple. Race, ethnicity,not religious or religious believe and physical appearance in general and even distance is not problem for me because am willing to relocate to the right man . My interest is in a good personality and sense of humor for I need someone to lift my spirits. I generally prefer men in any range b cos i believe age its just a number, but am open to any depending upon them i will love to share the intimate side of myself with someone willing to do the same. I hope to find a man that I could possibly have a new life and beginning with when i get for the main time,i will like us to get to know each other better before my boss gets back and i hope things will work out between us,hope to read from you pretty soon,will appreciate it if you can tell me everything about you also,and a recent pics of yours will be nice to see.It was nice meeting you.

    Stay blessed,


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