It turned out his girlfriend had already paid the 1,000rmb to meet him, and really wanted to avoid paying the 10,000rmb if they got married. So she came up with a plan for him to break up with “her” on QQ, so that they could continue dating without the companies knowledge.
Otherwise she knew the company would come looking for their money, it had happened to her friend who married an Australian through the same company. The company had convinced this friend that her new foreign husband could pay, “Just tell him your family needs money, and get mad if he refuses,” the company had said, “To foreigners it isn’t very much money.”
My friend was OK with this idea, even though it meant they were cheating a company out of a contract, he just saw it as honesty on his girlfriends part. She had been told by the dating service to never tell him about the company, or else he would surely break up with her. I couldn’t believe that my friend was continuing with the relationship, but he thought they already had a solid foundation.
That was until he started asking her more questions about their future life, and her answers made no sense at all. Finally he asked her if she had written any of the emails that had caused him to fall in love with her, “No,” she said, “But they did show them to me after they sent them.”
She was quiet a few minutes before she dropped the next bombshell. “Remember my sister that was with us on the first date?” she asked, “That was actually someone from the company. I had never seen your picture before that, because they had to make sure they could get the 1,000rmb meeting fee.”
“But you had told me that you wanted me to shave my beard just for you, even though I have had one for nearly 40 years,” He said, stroking his beard as if to remind himself that it was in deed still there.
“I never said that! I don’t mind the beard, even though it does make you look old,” she said.
“Did you know I had been divorced twice?” he asked, he had told her this in his very first email. “No,” she said, looking disappointed.
It turned out that not only was the dating company writing all of the emails for his girlfriend, but that they were also editing the emails my friend had sent her to ensure that they would want to get married. To the company it made no difference if the couple was happy or not, they simply wanted their money.
The couple continued dating for a few months after this exchange after tricking the company into believing that they had broken up. Ultimately though the cultural differences were to great for them to overcome with their limited vocabulary.