The BarebackSwingers.co.uk landing page alone makes it immediately clear how easy it is to have sexual encounters with other members. It offers a variety of erotic content and showcases photos of alleged members. What users do not realize right away, is that most of those members are in fact fake profiles, and that the site is likely to be a rip-off. Once registered for free, the user starts receiving various chat message notifications from other members. These cannot be opened without paying a membership fee. This looked like a potential rip-off, and we decided to investigate further.
Clients chat with fake users
We start our investigation about VodFun Limited, by looking at past reviews from former users of their dating websites. They are all negative. They talk about their experience with the platform and how they feel that they were scammed. After paying to chat with people who turned out to be fake profiles with fake chat operators. Being fictitious people, any real-life encounter with them is of course off the table, from the very start. Following this, we check the Terms and Conditions, and discover something interesting. This platform in fact warns users about fake profiles.
From the terms and conditions
By using this Website you acknowledge that any User profiles, messages and communication may not be genuine. From time to time, the Company employees (or employees of its parent or affiliated companies) may create test dating profiles for the purpose of checking and testing the functionality of our Website and Service to improve the quality and user experience for its Users.
Automatic membership renewal
Another negative thing about BarebackSwingers.co.uk, is their automatic membership renewal system. If users want to chat with members, they must pay for a costly membership which will automatically renew unless canceled in advance. In order to do so, the user must send a cancellation form to Customer Service at least 5 days before the automatic renewal. This could potentially lead to a subscription rip-off.
Publication of your personal data
To add fuel to the fire we find out that, once users accept the page’s Terms & Conditions, they are authorizing the platform to use their personal data, information, and photos for “promotional material”.
The excerpt from the terms and conditions
By posting Content to the Website or Service, you automatically grant to the Company, its affiliates, licensees, successors and assigns, an irrevocable, perpetual, nonexclusive, fully paid up, worldwide license to use, copy, store, perform, display, reproduce, adapt, modify and distribute the Content and to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such information and Content, and to grant and authorize sub-licenses of the foregoing. The Company reserves the right to use Content from profiles, including the member username, photos and descriptions including age in promotional material.