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Japan’s male mobile gaming geeks are being taken for a ride in ever-greater numbers by hungry, cash-poor women who befriend them online before tricking them into paying for an expensive dinner for two. This particularly devious scam is on the rise in the Land of the Rising Sun as single Japanese women struggle to pay the bills …

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This scam...

sounds a lot like what most westerners would call first dates... Although I guess in this instance the girl isn't interested in anything past the first date. But to a desperate mobile gaming nerd, a date in return for paying for a meal presumably doesn't sound like too much of a raw deal compared to most other scams.

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Re: This scam...

Is just like the site Plenty Of Fish.

A finite number of women wanting to meet an infinite number of men.

The female profile columns usually end with the bait on the fishing line, 'take me out for a nice meal and we will see'.

Suggest a coffee or a drink and that will not be good enough, these money grabbing mercenaries dress it up as a date but all they want is a freebie feed while they dangle the tantalising bait. Once filled to the brim with good food and good wine paid by their date they are off to the next victim with the parting words 'I had a nice time, I'll call you'.

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Re: This scam...

You sound bitter. Next time, try leaving your comic books at home, and wear normal clothes instead of your Star Trek uniform.

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Re: This scam...

Memories hurt don't they?

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Provided it ends with consensual, full sexual intercourse, I don't see the problem with it.

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Except that that would be prostitution and doesn't happen anyway (unless the lady misunderstood when the proposition was explained to her).

As Ms. Dynamite explained in another case "I looked it up and that would make me a ho'."

I'm not sure where you look it up. There's probably a book called something like "Don't be a ho'." Or, ask your mother. (But this won't work if your mother thinks you are already a ho', which she may.)

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"...and doesn't happen anyway..."

Maybe to you.

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Re: This scam...

You try losing the women to someone else just because he has a nice ride while your parents are the types that won't even bother giving you a car, telling you to get your own once you have a job, because, you know, the damn college is accessible by bus...

Yes, memories hurt. Still bitter over losing the girl...

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Miracles.

"single Japanese women struggle to pay the bills and have enough for three square meals a day, according to News Post Seven (via RocketNews24)."

It doesn't seem like it was all that long ago that the whole world was extolling and admiring the "Japanese economic miracle".

Sad that it turned out the "miracle" was actually nothing but sleight-of-hand.

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Re: Miracles.

Nope, I think we found a way to derail the Japanese economic miracle. I'm not sure what it was but it worked pretty well. Probably we supplied them with carefully doctored economics textbooks.

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I fell for a scam like this ...

... and ended up paying for a house, 2 cars, and the children's education.

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Re: I fell for a scam like this ...

I don't understand the icon.. .

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Re: I fell for a scam like this ...

Yes then you end up paying for a wife you don't sleep with, a house you don't live in, children you see every other weekend a car you don't drive..........

While she then starts the hunt again!

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Re: I fell for a scam like this ...

Prostitutes, Pornos, and Anonymous One Night Stands are cheaper.

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Re: I fell for a scam like this ...

Sometimes it is cheaper to rent than buy...

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Barely a scam, really. It's not like she's withholding anything promised. Admittedly, she obviously won't consider going on any further excursions with the hapless "victim", but if he offers, well . . . It's not like taking someone out to dinner is any sort of a sure thing!

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HEY!! The nerds get a date with a REAL LIVE WOMAN, that is PRICELESS as far as they are concerned!!!!

I am taking valuable time away from my clan army to post this!!!

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Judeging by your

own emphasis on REAL LIVE WOMAN and PRICELESS, i sort of detected some elation that there was hope for you yet!

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Re: Judeging by your

I'm in agreement that your averaging gaming nerd is not going to feel particularly hard done by. "So, I get a half-hour with a live women for the price of a meal, and the knowledge that she holds me in complete contempt? Sign me up!"

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I am in agreement also.

I have been known to buy a woman a drink or two or a meal for the pleasure of their company for a little while. If nothing else it allows one to brush up on the conversational and flirting skills. When you're socially inept that's practice that's well needed and can actually pay off.

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Why spend the money?

You can be despised by one or more women on the subway for a probably subsidised fare, just for trying to talk to them. Way cheaper.

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I love how we all think it's important to emphasize *live* woman.

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Re: I am in agreement also.

"I have been known to buy a woman a drink or two or a meal for the pleasure of their company for a little while. If nothing else it allows one to brush up on the conversational and flirting skills. When you're socially inept that's practice that's well needed and can actually pay off."

Buy enough meals and one is bound to have pity sex with you...

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Made me smile

Naughty Nurses "where smartphone penetration is over 40 per cent"

Thanks, mine has the book of double entendres...

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Re: Made me smile

Or smartphone removal, depending on the nurse!!!

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"Thanks, mine has the book of double entendres.."

I've got a pair . . .

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Re: Made me smile

I had a pair, but I gave her one.

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Nurse?

"...even pretending she’s a nurse to quicken the pulse rate of her potential victims"

That really works? Around here nurses are referred to as germ spreaders, not exactly what you want to date ;-)

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Re: Nurse?

depends on the method of transmission ...

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Re: Nurse?

> "...even pretending she’s a nurse to quicken the pulse rate of her potential victims"

That'll be the fight-or-flight response. Adrenalin.

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Escort service

It sounds a bit like an escort service, a guy with too much money pays a woman to go out with him for the night. Of course, being geeks they might not realise that this is all it is and that there's no chance of it going further.

I wonder how many such dates it takes for a typical Japanese geek to realise what's going on, and whether, once realised, they keep doing it anyway?

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Just a thought

<= my online dating picture

Not necessarily too much money - one analysis is it's even one better than paying for a broadband connection which turns out to alleviate social isolation. Now, occasionally or more often they get to meet real people too.

We don't know that "Ms A" is nasty or not good company but it seems to me that on average the world might be a slightly happier place as a result of the transaction. We don't know that anyone is unhappy or failing to have their expectations met.

As one commentator suggests it's just like a first date and could actually be quite good fun.

Other commentators appear to be suggesting the underlying modus operandi is "meal => now you must sleep with me" which might say more about them than it does about Ms A or the geeks

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Re: Escort service

...going further

Number6, what serious geek would want such a distraction?

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I knew a guy who almost fell for something like this once. But he had heard the lady in question telling her friend about it about half hour before.

So he organised the date then left her with the bill.

Think both sides are as bad as the other TBH.

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If you can't work

You can always sell your body

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Re: You can always sell your body

Mine's only good for medical research, and they get donated for nothing.

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Re: You can always sell your body

You'd be amazed what you can get for a pair of second hand kidneys. I'll pop round sometime with the scapel and the icebox and strip your assets if yer keen ;)

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Happy

Is this a problem?

It sounds like a straightforward economic exchange straight of an Introductory Economics text book. Frankly, this sort of thing happens all the time - don't you folks every pay any attention to Politics?

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pretending she’s a nurse?

Anyone understand why Ms A pretends to be a nurse? Is there some Japanese subtext? Or why this translates into a headline about naughty nurses?

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Re: pretending she’s a nurse?

Uniform and caring profession fetish aside, nurses are said to be unanxious about the human body. Or, to put it another way, they're dirty. They also work hard and don't have a lot of free time so the romance is liable to be speeded up. With all of that in mind, good luck and don't do anything I wouldn't do.

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Re: pretending she’s a nurse?

Also, given that nurses are medically trained experts with a comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy, they would naturally know exactly where all the "g-spots" are...

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Re: pretending she’s a nurse?

Yes, I'm having trouble understanding why that's otaku bait.

I'd have thought that pretending to be one of the Knight Sabers, a member of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, or an agent with Section 9 would be more likely to do the trick....

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Happens all the time...

Heard female friends laughing about how they string a guy along in a night club, getting him to pay for drinks, him thinking he's on a promise only to leave him unsatisfied at the end of the night.

Also know some who will shag the guy (assuming he's not too ugly), saying "well, he did buy me drinks all night..."

Remember, size does matter - just it's the size of your bank balance that counts...

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Re: Happens all the time...

It almost sounds like you're implying both of those are unethical. But surely if one is a scam the other is the expected result.

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Re: Happens all the time...

If I heard a female friend laughing about stringing guys along with the intention of milking free drinks or a meal, she wouldn't be a friend of mine for very long.

The few female friends I do have are friends because they are decent people who respect others, thus they earn my respect.

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Re: Happens all the time...

Yep, standard methodology in Australia at least.

Several friends (both male and female) have learned how to exploit this to their advantage.

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Re: Happens all the time...

Is it really any worse than the guy who buys the drinks all night long in the hope she'll get drunk enough to ignore the fact he's an ugly fecker and shag him out of sympathy?

And we won't mention the time honoured Navy tradition of going on a "Pig Hunt"...

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Not even really a nurse

Still worth it if she wears the uniform.

Well, not really. I don't think this quite deserves the "Joke Alert" icon, but I am joking - I think.

I also should clarify that I mean the nurse uniform, not the Star Trek uniform that someone mentioned.

If she wears the 1960s Star Trek female uniform - that IS worth it. Am I right, guys?

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