How Viola.AI Uses Blockchain to Tackle Billion Dollar Love Scams Industry

Viola.AI leverages on blockchain technology to change the dating and relationships landscape in the world
09 February 2018   671

One of the questions the team at Viola.AI gets asked frequently — why does the dating and relationships industry need blockchain?

One of the key problems that blockchain help to solve is trust.

There’s a huge trust problem in the dating industry — online love scammers are making billions of dollars a year preying on unsuspecting singles. Their usual modus operandi — grab a photo of a random decent looking person online, masquerade as the person, use a fake name, and start chatting with singles who think that this person actually exists. Once an emotional connection is created, they will start coming up with sad sob stories to ask for money transfers.

One of the dirty secrets of this industry is — many online sites and mobile apps actually use bots to lure their users into subscribing for their services. With the short customer lifetime value and quick churn rates, many industry players succumbed to such unethical practices, breaking the trust between service provider and user.

Firstly, with Viola.AI’s Real ID verification built on blockchain, singles’ identity is verified through visual recognition and singles now can be assured that they are really chatting with authentic and verified users. No more faceless characters, no more fake profiles containing pictures of models or actors/actresses. Also, by hashing the results of the REAL-ID onto the blockchain and by decentralizing the key personal information onto the mobile devices, this will ensure that even if there is a security breach, all the private data is still protected.

Use case: Elizabeth uploads a photo to create her profile on Viola.AI. Viola.AI verifies that Elizabeth is a real person by taking a real-time video scan of her face and checking against her social media accounts before approving her profile. The process is then decentralized and stored on the Blockchain.

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Secondly, VIOLA tokens are both a community and utility token. How powerful an AI can be is based on how accurate and sufficient the data is. With Viola.AI, our tokens can be used as rewards to be given to users who contribute content, provide responses and generate data to increase Viola.AI’s accuracy. By having our own tokens rather than using other cryptocurrencies, the transaction is frictionless, as opposed to using gas.

Use case: Henry decides to propose to Elizabeth. He asks the community on Viola.AI for advice and ideas. Dozens of users reply with their proposal stories while merchants respond with offers for their services and venues. Henry picks the best suggestions and his proposal is a success!

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Thirdly, the Ethereum Smart Contracts ensure that all rewards, revenues shares, and referral commission to be paid out are fulfilled as promised, not just today, but also going forward. The process is trustless. This would attract and encourage more merchants and experts to come onto the marketplace and propel the growth of Viola.AI.

Use case: Henry and Elizabeth’s 1st wedding anniversary is coming. Viola.AI reminds Henry and asks if he wants to do something special. Flowers and a special date, Henry says. Viola.AI sends him 3 different suggestions for roses — Elizabeth’s favorite! After Henry decides on the flowers, Viola.AI arranges for their delivery, and books the restaurant. Henry surprises Elizabeth and their anniversary is a special one!

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Viola.AI is no small project, however, the team is confident as they have a strong foundation to start off with. The backing company, Lunch Actually Group is Asia’s Dating Giant with 13 years of proven success record and 1.4 million users with products comprising of 4 Dating Apps, 2 Online Sites and 3 Offline Services and regional presence in 6 big cities in Asia.

Viola.AI is our most ambitious project to date, and I strongly believe that Viola. AI will transform the dating and relationships industry. We have already successfully helped thousands of singles in Asia find their lifelong happiness. By harnessing on blockchain and AI technology, our dream is to help millions if not billions worldwide to find love, nurture their relationships and be in happy and fulfilling marriages.

 

Violet Lim

CEO and Co-Founder, Viola.AI

For co-founders, Violet Lim and Jamie Lee, understanding the pain points of one’s dating and relationship journey is key. After successfully matched hundreds of thousands of people in the past 13 years, they know what singles need, and what the industry is currently lacking today — which became the inspiration for the conceptualization of Viola.AI.

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Viola.AI is the world’s first A.I-driven Marketplace for dating and relationships. She will be the first dating and relationship A.I. that evolves with the users — creating a global and borderless full loop solution from dating, courtship, relationship to marriage. With the capability to perform deep learning about each user’s personality, background, and behavior, Viola.AI can give them the most relevant and valuable advice, as well as proactively prompt couples before any important relationship milestones and help them solve their challenges early.

Viola.AI will also incorporate community-based marketplace, where experts, merchants, and partners can come in to provide relevant goods and services to the users at the right stage.

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Centra Tech Inc. Co-Founder accused With Fraud by SEC

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Centra Tech Inc. co-founder, Raymond Trapani with ICO fraud  
25 April 2018   85

The charge came as the result of the SEC’s investigations into Centra’s controversial $32 million USD initial coin offering (ICO). Mr. Trapani is the third and final Centra co-founder to be accused for taking part in the ICO.

Raymond Trapani, a co-founder of Centra Tech Inc., has been charged by the SEC for his participation in “a fraudulent scheme connected with Centra’s 2017 ICO.” In 2017 Centra made headlines after enlisting celebrity approval from Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled. Two other firm`s co-founders, Sohrab “Sam” Sharma and Robert Farkas, were charged by officials earlier this month for their engagement  in the distribution of “CTR Tokens” to investors.

A changed variant of the SEC’s complaint demands that Trapani was the “mastermind of Centra’s fraudulent ICO,” with an SEC press release alleging that “Centra [was] marketed with claims about nonexistent business relationships with major credit card companies, fictional executive bios, and misrepresentations about the viability of the company’s core financial services products.” The SEC accuses Mr. Trapani and Mr. Sharma of “manipulat[ing] trading in the CTR Tokens to generate interest in the company and prop up the price of the tokens.”

We allege that the Centra co-founders went to great lengths to create the false impression that they had developed a viable, cutting-edge technology. 
Robert Cohen, Chief, SEC Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit

 

The SEC has disclosed a text mail sent to Mr. Farkas and Mr. Trapani from Mr Sharma in what Mr. Sharma said to his colleagues “[w]e gotta get that s[***] removed everywhere and blame freelancers lol.” Mr. Trapani also demanded that Mr. Sharma “cook [him] up” a fraudulent document whilst the company was seeking to get CTR tokens listed on exchanges under misleading pretexts. Mr. Sharma replied to the request with “Don’t text me that s[***] lol. Delete.”

At the same time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has also looked for criminal accusations against Trapani. The SEC has revealed that text messages  jointly used between Centra’s co-founders discovered the scam purposes of the defendants.