The client is a 50-year-old American male; The attractive young white woman he is chatting with online is Gingerhani, a model whose profile picture shows him lying on his stomach on his bed.
The user thinks that GingerHoney is nearby, but has no idea that it is actually a faraway man in Nigeria.
men around the world, like this, Pay hundreds of dollars on adult websites to chat with attractive young ladiesBut it could really be anyone, the BBC found out.
Collecting months of evidence revealed a global operation behind these fake profiles, from the Netherlands to the US, Suriname to Nigeria, where strict laws on adult digital conduct can be violated.
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Nigerian college student Abyodun (not his real name) is one of several people operating fake profiles on dating websites owned by Dutch firm Meteor Interactive BV.
Profile changes between Abiodun Dozens of Fake Accounts He Manages on these websites, but every time she pretends to be an attractive young white woman.
On one site, she is Gingerhani, a 21-year-old model with a pink quilt tied around her waist.
She describes herself as honey and encourages men to call her ginger, “the same color as my hair.”
If a customer requests more erotic photos, somewhere on Abiodun’s computer is a folder containing several sexy images of GingerHoney.
Images, including profile pictures, are stock images taken from a variety of sources.
Abyodun is not the only one with access to Gingerhani’s profile: dozens of others They work in shifts 24 hours a day.
Student and his colleagues use an advanced mapping tool fake location Gingerhani is within a 50 km radius of the customer, which is why the profiles are matched online.
The client has paid for this chat and although he hasn’t said it yet, he looks forward to meeting you.
Although access to the websites is free, users must subscribe to packages, which cost between US$6 and US$300, to receive or send messages to “women”.
While younger clients want to physically meet women they feel they are close to, older men are often satisfied with sex chats, erotic photos and videos, Abiodun describes.
Abiodun and others aim Keep these customers on websites for as long as possible with the intention of ending their credits.
They are instructed that each message should be at least 150 characters and be an open conversation.
“It’s like a customer service job, only the customer thinks they’re talking to the CEO,” Abiodun compares to the BBC.
Meteor Interactive BV uses a Surinamese outsourcing company, Logical Moderation Solutions (LMS), founded by a Surinamese named Orano Rose, to recruit and train their Nigerian workers.
The BBC noted evidence on LMS’s WhatsApp, Telegram and Skype accounts, which revealed that the company had recruited and trained hundreds of people, mainly in the Nigerian states of Lagos and Abuja.
The jobs are advertised on Instagram, Twitter and Telegram, and are aimed at educated and unemployed youth in Nigeria.
Descriptions include “online roles,” “digital marketing jobs,” “chat moderator,” with no mention of adult content employees.
One of LMS’s top employers, Eddemola Yusuf from Germany handles job postings on her social media accounts, where she flaunts a lifestyle of dazzle and glam with vacations in attractive locations.
“You’re chatting with boring white people. The work is completely legal and licensed in both Germany and Nigeria”, he wrote in a WhatsApp conversation with potential employees on his first day.
Yusuf has been recruiting people for more than two years and a campaign last November saw hundreds of people sign up.
He did not respond to BBC requests for comment.
“Most of these westerners want to talk,” one coach told the new recruits, who have to pass tough English tests to make their characters as believable as possible.
“It’s: I’m, not me,” a recruiter corrects me during a training session in the company’s WhatsApp group, which I attended.
Nicolas Akande, director of the LMS in Nigeria, registered over 100 people in the first week of July and told them the work was legal.
When asked for comment, he did not respond to the BBC.
Recruits also receive lessons on culture, writing style and trendy conversation at their client locations for authentic sound.
At the end of the training, which can last from a few days to a week, they are provided with login details on websites where they can view personal information such as home addresses, phone numbers and ages of clients.
The BBC noted comments from men who said that $300 and $700 . spent between They were chatting in the hope of meeting “women” on these websites.
“I would have texted 20 women and they always avoided me when I suggested we meet in person,” said one man, who claimed he had spent $64.99 on the site owned by Meteor Interactive.
Another said he had “purchased over $400 worth of credits assuming the women were real … my mistake was not reading the fine print,” he admitted.
One user said he had spent over $300 in credit in the false hope of meeting women in person:
“They add you saying they live in or near your city and they want to meet you ‘tonight’, you spend credits texting them and when you want to set up a place and time to meet If so, then excuses start,” he elaborated.
Meteor Interactive says its terms and conditions clarify that some of its profiles are fake and that “unlikely to meet,
However, this does not explain why his Nigerian workers use map tools to fake his location.
This tool gives deception more credibility and generates false hopes of an encounter that never happens.
Experts told the BBC that such activities limit Internet fraud in Nigeria under a law that prohibits the posting of pornographic or adult material online.
cyber crime law Prohibition of 2015:
- sending electronic messages that physically misrepresent facts
- Send messages that are highly offensive, obscene, obscene, obscene or threatening
- Use financial cards to fraudulently obtain services.
On behalf of the government, he said that if the LMS was involved in scams and adult content, it was in danger of being deregistered in Nigeria.
Rose assured the BBC that he was not doing anything illegal and that he was not aware of the cybercrime law in Nigeria. Since he is based in Suriname, it will be difficult to follow him.
Millions of Nigerians are unemployed and a month-long strike by university professors has left many young people looking for work.
LMS attracts candidates whose monthly salary is up to 150,000 naira (about $355) – twice the income of a fresh graduate teacher – who can earn by sending a minimum of 500 messages a day to various clients.
Abyodun sees its role as “a small part of global operations and a petty crime Compared to the frauds that exist on the Internet.
“It’s no different than chatting with a loved one or friend, which millions of people do every day,” he says, switching to GingerHoney’s profile when a message pops up.
This is a 50 year old man in America asking for a date.
“Oh sorry, I have to walk my dog now,” Gingerhanie replies.
They have been trained to use such excuses to avoid such requests.
Abiodun closes the tab and opens another where Erica, “a pearl that can satisfy your wildest fantasies”, is in London waiting for a message from Sam.