I’d like to repeat something I’ve said before on this blog: one of the best ways to avoid Filipina Scammers is to verify through several pictures. She should be willing to send several pictures to you, and at some point, chat with you on webcam.
If she doesn’t send several clear pictures of herself, she’s probably a scammer. Same goes for someone who will never show herself on webcam (webcams are usually kind of blurry, but you should at least be able to see if she’s the same girl as seen in the pictures she sent). Granted, it may take a while before she can get to a webcam (not all computer shops have them).
I can’t think of any exceptions to this rule in my experience. If you ignore my advice, be prepared for some serious frustration and disappointment. I’d also encourage you to read my article on avoiding Filipina scammers.
As I’ve mentioned before , I strongly suggest you post a few pictures once you’ve signed up with a dating website. I’d also caution you against doing much corresponding with a girl without seeing a picture. You may find yourself wasting a lot of time on someone you’re not even attracted to.
Most of the young women without pictures are not scammers–there are different reasons why they may choose not to post pictures:
*They haven’t scanned any photos.
*They don’t know how the website works.
*They are shy about showing their face on a dating website.
*They may be new and their photos are not yet approved.
Here’s my general policy for pictureless profiles:
*If a Filipina sends a message to me, I ask her to post her photo. I don’t bother corresponding until I’ve seen a few photos.
*Under some circumstances, I’ll allow pictures to be sent to one of my email addresses (especially if it is a networking situation–someone who wants me to meet her relative).
*Some Filipinas will say they have no picture but invite me to chat with them in webcam. I usually don’t go for this. In the first place, webcams often give very poor quality images. It also puts me in the awkward situation of telling her whether or not I find her attractive on the spot.
Here’s the problem with exchanging pictures through email/webcam–it’s an extra, unnecessary step. As I’ve mentioned, finding an Asian/Filipina bride is a numbers game. You have hundreds of profiles to sort through and limited time (assuming you have a job). It’s best to stick with profiles that have pictures.
If you want to exchange images off the website, it’s OK. Just remember you are putting yourself through extra steps that wouldn’t be necessary if she had a few images on her profile.
Update: Things have changed (somewhat) since I first wrote this post. What I’ve said still applies, but it is becoming increasingly rare for someone to have no access to any kind of digital picture.
Homosexuals are quite common in the Philippines. They are called bakla. Many are transvestites (dress like women) and even take hormone pills to make themselves even more feminine.
In addition to all of the scammers, you’ll have to watch carefully for gays/baklas. I’ve encountered quite a few who get online and pretend to be women. Some of them don’t even think it is wrong, since they are women in their own minds.
If “she” looks a bit too tall and muscular, be suspicious. This is another reason to be sure and exchange many pictures. The voice will never lie, so you may want to call or talk through voice chat.