How can you recognise a fake chat rip off?
What is a fake chat? Actually the name itself explains it very well. Usually you create an account on a dating portal to meet someone with the goal, to meet that person in real life and maybe fall in love with. Therefore you have to chat or exchange e-mails to find out more about each other and see if it could work out between the two of you.
Many operators take advantage of this and use so-called professional animators or chat bots. Their job is it to encourage users to send as many messages as possible. The reason for that is that the operator earns money with every message that is sent. A real meeting will never happen as the chat partner will find new excuses again and again.
As it can be quite risky and expensive as well we will explain to you how you can recognize such a fake chat rip off.
1. Use the search function of DatingSpot24.co.uk.
We have almost all every operators and many of their scams on our dating portals in our database. We take a good look at each website and judge on clear evidence. If there is a good website we mark it as reputable. If there is a dating website that uses fake profiles and professional animators we would make a negative review. We constantly add new reviews to our website as the rip off operator creates new dating portals on a daily basis as well. In our test reports you can easily find out if there is a threat of rip off on the corresponding dating site.
2. Read the terms and condition in any case
Every website must have terms and conditions. If you can’t find any this is a first sign of a scam dating website. Anyone who runs a moderated chat must also indicate this in their terms and conditions. The good thing is fortunately most operators do mention fake profiles and a moderated chat even though the terms and conditions are often hidden and try not to name the rip off by its name. Many times the operator show terms and conditions as graphics so that it is not possible to search for certain keywords which is a hint for a scam. If you can search for keywords you should take time to read the terms and conditions. This might save you a lot of unnecessary trouble and money.
In any case, you should look for these keywords in the terms and conditions:
- fictitious profiles
Here is an example from the terms and conditions of Festivus Media BV the operator of MilfFindr:
“Festivus Media BV explicitly reserves the right to create profiles on the Platform and to send messages to the User on behalf of these accounts. By accepting these Conditions of Use, the User understands and accepts that some of the profiles on the Platform are therefore fictitious and they have been created only to exchange Messages with; real-life meetings are not possible for such Accounts.”
3. The imprint, general terms and conditions are displayed as a graphic.
If the terms and conditions or the imprint are displayed as a graphic you should already pay attention and act very carefully. A graphic makes it impossible to search for certain keywords. It is a strong indicate that the operator is trying to hide something.
In any case you should read the terms and conditions very carefully – or refrain from registering with this provider.
4. The company headquarters is abroad.
Even though you should never judge a book by its cover the location of the headquarters of a company that runs a dating website can be another hint. Check out the imprint and check the name of the company in a search machine. Locations like Malta, Cyprus and Kosovo are unusual places for dating websites in the UK. If such a location is displayed you should pay special caution – especially if there is no office inner the country or not shown at all. A reputable provider will in any case have its headquarters in the UK or at least its contact details will show an address from the UK and a telephone number which is registered here.
5. Use a search engine
If it is a scam website the chances are very high someone has been ripped off already and share their negative experiences in the internet. Search for the name of the dating portal and for the name of its operator. If it is a black sheep you will also find negative reviews or experience reports from damaged customers. Additionally you can find articles and official test reviews from our website. If there are negative reviews, people complain about a scam with fake profiles and professional animators the case is clear: Keep your hands off that website!
6. Check out the costs and the value
A reputable website will show all important information. The costs of a website in such detail. If you cannot find anything about the price per message or the costs for a subscription at all you should be very careful. If you find some details about the price you should think about what you will pay and what you will get in return. Just ask yourself the simple question does it really makes sense to pay one Pound or even more for every message you will send. A professional animator will try to entice you for a long conversation which is completely senseless. The only reason for the chat is to get your money. The more messages you write the more money the operator will earn.
7. Use the picture search of a search engine
A fake chat means that professional animators operate fake profiles. The profiles will show a fictitious person but of course the profile picture belongs to someone. It is a very simple with a quick check to see if the profile is real or a fake to try scam you. Simply copy and paste a few pictures from the member’s area of the dating portal into a search engine like Google or Bing and you will see.
If the image search will show results that are related to some erotic website or to profiles of another country like Russia you got your answer. Of course the search for a picture of a profile on a dating website from the UK should bring up some results from the UK as well. If not extreme caution is advisable.
Be very careful
Unfortunately this does not always work out and cannot rely 100% on the image search. The operators are always one step ahead. Nowadays the operators manipulate the pictures of their fake profiles to make the picture search more difficult or even impossible.
So be very careful if one of these points applies. If two or more points of our list apply for a dating website you should really keep your hands off that platform. If you are not really sure and are suspicious about a rip off you can also report this dating portal to us and we will then take a good look at it. We will create an extensive test report.
To be 100% sure we recommend one of our test winners!