At first sight, the dating platform FlirtSide.com appears to be a decent choice. Even though the landing page does not provide much information, the overall appearance is trustworthy and inviting.
For our review, we create a free account and explore the site’s tools and features, as well as the members’ area. Further, we check the terms and conditions carefully and search for user experiences on the internet. We quickly find out that FlirtSide.com cannot be trusted at all. In fact, it is a cheeky subscription rip-off and a fake chat scam.
Immediately after the free registration, we are flooded with enticing chat messages from other members. To us, this is highly suspicious. Taking a closer look at the terms and conditions, we find out why our profile gets so much attention is such a short time. The site uses an automated message system, so called “chatbots”. The sole purpose of sending so many messages to new users is to lure them into the chat, which can only be used by paying subscribers.
The following excerpt can be found in the terms and conditions
We may from time to time offer users the ability to “Promote My Account” through Account Settings. Activating this service will mean that we will automatically broadcast custom messages created by any user, or selected from a default list of template messages, to other users. We reserve the right to select members to use the Promote My Account service. Sending of messages through this service will be free, however, recipients who view and choose to reply to a Promote My Account message, will require to have an upgraded Paid Membership in order to reply to the sender.
As soon as users fall for the fake chat scam and sign up for one of the upgraded membership subscriptions, they are trapped. All subscriptions renew automatically and the company behind FlirtSide.com is known to make it very difficult to cancel them again. The inexpensive trial-memberships are particularly cheeky, because they are automatically converted to one of the pricey long-term subscriptions. So, it is a subscription rip-off.
The chances of finding a matching partner for a date here are extremely low as well. The members’ area seems to be full of fake profiles, which are presumably created by employed fake operators.
The company responsible for FlirtSide.com is already well known for their scams. Porticato Media Ltd, who are based in London, has received numerous negative customer reviews and complaints on the internet. They run several other rip-off dating websites and always use the same tricks and strategies.