The government also said it wanted to promote, expand and further regulate state-sanctioned matchmaking channels such as Communist Youth League dating groups and grass roots community organisations.
The regulations, jointly drawn up by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Communist Youth League and the National Health and Family Planning Commission, are designed to regulate the marriage market and dating industry, and establish “sound and trustworthy platforms” for online dating.
The Chinese authorities have announced a crackdown on the use of fake identities to sign up for online dating sites amid concerns about widespread marriage scams targeting China’s 200 million singles.
"A lot of times English isn't somebody's first language, so that's completely understandable. S.-born and their writing just doesn't feel like that of a native-born person, that could be a red flag." That is because online dating scams in particular frequently originate overseas.
"From just a purely legal perspective, it's more difficult to prosecute people for doing this overseas," Hood said.
In a case in March this year, police in the eastern province of Zhejiang arrested 149 suspects accused of creating fake online profiles that allowed them to pose as young women in order to scam large sums of money from men.
Chinese police bust social media scams targeting lovelorn men The love lives of young Chinese people continues to be a source of concern for Beijing, which published a “Long-term Youth Development Plan” on September 4 that heavily advocated marriage as part of China’s “socialist core values”, and called for real-name authentication on dating websites.
"I was really embarrassed that I could let this happen to me." Before you say to yourself, "That could never happen to me," consider the fact that the FBI recorded some 15,000 romance scams last year, a jump of 2,500 from the year before. Because it is practically impossible nowadays to date without some use of the internet, experts warn that you need to take precautions before jumping into the dating game.