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Dating website with 2.7 million male users hires 23 employees to pose as women

By Mason White 6:02 PM October 7, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
Employees of the Friars Square dating website in Japan, were arrested on a charge of fraud after posing as women to fool 2.7 million male subscribers.

Chiba police said that they have arrested 23 employees because they posed as women and swindled millions of dollars out of male customers.

The men paid a total of 6 billion yen ($50 million) before the fraud was uncovered. Police also arrested the president of the company, 43-year-old Tetsuo Miura, on a charge of fraud.

According to the police investigation, the company hired 23 people, 17 of whom were men pretending to be women seeking male partners.

The site had 2.7 million users, but only one was a woman.

Users of the site were charged 250 yen ($2.08) for every time they contacted a female member of the site. One victim, a 59-year-old man, spent 13.5 million yen ($11,257).