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Anime cons sharing accounts with a dating site, and news in brief.
Anime Convention Accounts Double As Dating Profiles
Hello, I'm writing this post to protect others. Ryan Kopf, disgraced CEO of two Minnesota conventions (AniMinneapolis and Meta Con) is using con-goers information and credit cards to sign them up for his dating site MaiOtaku. I found out I have 4 dating profiles connected to one email. He's also stealing credit card information from the badge registration site he uses.
He's also signing up minors to this site, all of this without anyone's permission.
I implore anyone whose ever attended his conventions to check the site and see if they have any profiles. (Go to forgot username and type in whatever email you may have used. It'll send you an email if any profiles use that email and then you can request a password change, go in and delete them)
Here's a screenshot from when I found out I have 4 accounts. I blurred parts of them out because I still use some of those names and emails.
A bunch of people have already found profiles connected to them. My credit card information was also on my profile. Please go check to make sure your stuff is safe!
More can be found in the Anti-Kopf Con group on Facebook, which has been switched to private in the last few days. At least one person in the comments of the first post is in contact with the FBI.
Ryan Kopf, the head of Chrono Pop, has responded on Facebook with some technical details:
If you don’t specifically go to www.MaiOtaku.com and login, then you do not have an account on MaiOtaku, you do not show up in user’s search results, other users can not access your profile, and you do not have a dating profile on that website. There’s literally a separate database item called a “Matchprofile” and that doesn’t get created until you login at MaiOtaku.com….by searching for an account there, YOU created the account there!
In other words, anyone who has ever created an account at a Chrono Pop convention site has created an account with Chrono Pop itself which is shared across all its sites. That shared account gives everyone access to MaiOtaku, but no public dating profile is created unless the account holder signs into MaiOtaku directly.
Either part of this could qualify as “having an account at MaiOtaku”, depending on how the FBI chooses to define it.
Kopf has further announced that MaiOtaku now includes an explicit activation step, and that Chrono Pop now has a data removal tool which can be accessed here. Though hosted on MaiOtaku, the description suggests that it completely all data associated with a Chrono Pop account other than the account itself:
This form will remove the following data within 24-48 hours:
First name, last name, address from any profile.
Display name and display about from any profile.
Paymentmethods linked to your account.
First name, last name, address from any convention attendances.
Profile picture from any profile will be blanked.
Ryan Kopf is no stranger to convention headlines. Nerd & Tie has extensive coverage of questionable business practices and alleged bad behavior on Kopf’s part, culminating in a lawsuit by Kopf against Nerd & Tie which is still in progress. Kopf has also been named in numerous allegations of sexual assault, one of which got him banned from Anime Milwaukee.
Kopf denies all the allegations in a “Transparency Center” on his personal website.
And these fandom-related sites:
Ani.me (linked to cons.mx, see below)
Cons.mx (mentioned by Kopf in the announcement about MaiOtaku’s activate button)
UpcomingCons.com (also mentioned directly by Kopf)
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