Initially, the dating portal AmateurMarket.co.uk appears to be a trustworthy and legitimate website. Users are promised that placing a free ad here, will instantly enable them to contact other members. To see whether AmateurMarket.co.uk can live up to their positive claims, we decided to create an account. We also checked all the features and tools. Furthermore, we studied the terms and conditions, and browsed the internet, in search of user reviews and experiences. Regrettably, our investigations soon revealed that this platform is just a rip-off with a fake chat scam.
Expensive fantasy chats
Placing an ad is free and can be done quickly, by following a few simple steps. Afterwards, however, it turns out that communicating with other members via the chat, is not free. Users must purchase so-called “credits”, which can then be exchanged for sending chat messages. This means that users are charged for every single chat message they send. This rapidly leads to tremendous costs.
Looking more closely at the terms and conditions, we find that chatting here is not only costly, but also, a totally pointless experience. The chances of meeting any genuine singles on AmateurMarket.co.uk are extremely low. The members’ area is packed with fake profiles. These are created and controlled by employed fake chat operators. Most “members” are, therefore, fictitious, and chatting with them can never result in an actual real-life date.
Excerpt from the GTC (as of 28/02/2024)
Amateurmarket.co.uk has the goal of allowing users to flirt. amateurmarket.co.uk is the platform for users to chat with fictive profiles. The website, service and content are being provided for entertainment purposes only and are not intended to be used for establishing meetings with other users.
A cunning rip-off strategy
In our experience, professional fake chat operators, who hide behind fictional profiles, are highly skilled. They pretend to be flirty singles, who are looking for dates. Their job is to stimulate long conversations. This is to make users send many chat messages. So, users are tricked into spending a lot of money on “credits”. Since users are not sufficiently informed about the fake profiles, AmateurMarket.co.uk is clearly a scam.
The operator of AmateurMarket.co.uk is Midsummer Online BV, from Deventer, in the Netherlands. This company runs several other untrustworthy dating websites. They always use the exact same tricks, to rip-off innocent love seekers.