FilipinoCupid.com is an online dating site where users can meet Filipino men and women (mostly women) living all around the world. It is part of the CupidMedia Network, which has several other niches according to location and races, most of their success in websites oriented to meet Asiatic women. FilipinoCupid claims to be the leading site in the Filipino dating niche, and they back that up by saying that they have 9 million registered users on the site.
Is FilipinoCupid.com a scam?
The website itself appears to be pretty legitimate, although it’s one of those dating sites that puts a lot of restrictions on you unless you pay their membership fee. For example, you can create an account and profile for free, but if you send a message to another free member, they won’t be able to read it unless they upgrade.
These types of sites are primarily used by men trying to meet Filipina women. In general, most of this sites expect that the man should be the one to pay for the membership in order to communicate with free female users (being that many of them live in a poor country and, you know, gender norms). If you buy a one-month membership with no renewal and work quickly, it might be worth it to you, but you will have to spend a good deal of time sorting through scammers on the website. And speaking about premium accounts, the prices are not publicly mentioned. Apparently this is due the fact that they charge according to your origin. In general, people from NorthAmerica and Europe have to pay more for the premium accounts with an approximate price of $70 USD for 3 months.
A few members reported that FilipinoCupid continued to charge their credit cards after cancelling their membership, or alternatively that they were charged and then had their accounts terminated with no explanation. But overall, the website itself isn’t the issue with FilipinoCupid.com – it’s the many fake profiles and scammers who use it.
Are the women on FilipinoCupid.com real?
There are some real, sincere, lovely women (and men) on this dating website, just like any dating website. But according to people who have used FilipinoCupid.com, it’s extremely hard to find them amidst all the scammers. One reviewer said he had contacted 1000 different women over the course of 2 months, and every single one of them asked him for money at some point. Some mysteriously disappear when you ask them for a video chat on Skype, and many may not be Filipina women at all.
When the scammers ask for money, they will most likely have a tear jerker story to go along with it. Alternatively, if you’ve connected with this person enough where you actually want to arrange a meeting, they may ask you to pay their travel expenses ahead of time and then never show up.
So in general, it’s a site full of fake profiles and risky business. In addition, and as you may already know, the economical situation for most women in The Philippines doesn’t help. Legit women who actually want to meet men may indeed have economical limitations. Under this situation is hard to tell apart a scam from a legit interest.
Summary of FilipinoCupid.com
- Legitimate site with large user base
- Highly restricted for free users
- Occasional problems with credit card charges
- Many fake profiles
- Many scammers to sift through to find the serious people