If we hadn’t had any previous experience of the operator of CougarPlay.com, we would probably be favourably impressed by this platform’s landing page. Its modern design and abundance of appealing content convey the impression that it is an effective and reputable dating website. The services available are explained in detail and a few explicit pictures help stimulate the reader’s fantasies. On the surface, there is no reason to suspect this could all be a rip-off.
Registration is quick and free, exactly as promised on the initial page. Sadly, this doesn't mean everything else on this platform is free too. Basic membership just allows you to create a profile and browse through the other members, but it is not enough to communicate with anyone. To do this, you will need to purchase coins.
High costs for nothing
Coins are the virtual currency used on this and all other websites in the same network. Users have to pay separately for every message they send. Each time they do this, they are charged 40 coins, which equals almost £2.00. The Internet is full of reviews from people who have, through this payment method, ended up wasting an absolute fortune in just a matter of minutes.
This is not a scam in itself, but this is what it becomes when users are lured into buying coins with the promise that this will help them arrange sexual encounters with hot cougars. The reality is that none of this will ever happen. People are tricked into thinking they are talking to genuine members, whereas in reality the person on the other side of the screen is just a fake chat operator. Real-life meetings are impossible on this platform.
Here is an excerpt from the Terms and Conditions
The Company operates system profiles (i.e. profiles connected to Accounts which have been created by the Company and which are either operated by contractors of the Company who impersonate the persons portrayed in such profiles or by a system designed to interact with users) and expressly reserves the right to chat with users through such system profiles in order to enhance the users’ entertainment experience. Physical contact with individuals behind such system profiles is strictly prohibited.
An untrustworthy operator
Meet Us Media Ltd from Nicosia, Cyprus, is the company responsible for this scam. It also has a nasty reputation on the internet, where countless testimonials from former users complaining about its services can be found.