The reason these fake members exist, according to the company, is to monitor their services, entertain you and make sure they offer the best quality. The truth is that they are only created to keep you interested in the service, even though it is impossible to arrange a real-life date. They will chat you up, in the hopes of getting you to sign up for a subscription. We were bombarded with messages the moment we signed in. We have not even written anything on our profile or uploaded any photos, so being immediately popular, tells us that something is off.
Fake chat scam
The virtual operators urge you to sign up by sending messages, which disappear unless you become a subscriber. Even though registration is free of charge, the basic functionality is useless. You will not be able to send messages. You only get to see a thumbnail of the profile pictures. All members look extremely attractive. This is suspicious but apparently effective, as we find this strategy is common on these cheeky websites. However, it should be telling us something about how unlikely the whole setup is.
If you fall for this trap, it is likely that the cancellation process will be cumbersome, time-consuming, and probably expensive. During our research, we found several negative reviews by former clients of this online dating network. The most common complaints were unexpected charges to their credit cards, which continued even months after canceling the account. In our experience, this is a common practice among sketchy companies operating subscription rip-offs. Another usual complaint was the bot-filled members’ area. It seems that they also create positive reviews on trustworthy websites, to counter any complaints by the users.
Excerpt from the GTC (as of 29/07/2022)
Specifically please note that we may use any of your content, including your photographs, for the purposes of advertising or publicity. If you do not wish us to do this, please contact us.
We do not guarantee that all the profiles found in search will belong to other users, as we reserve the right to create profiles which are maintained and managed by our employees (“Staff Profiles”). The purpose of these Staff Profiles is to ensure our Services are operating properly by allowing us to test the Services, features and functionalities, and to research our products and Services.
Serious privacy concerns
We were also shocked to discover that the company reserves the right to use any content that you post or upload on the website. As you can read above, they mention they may use it for “advertising” in particular. Considering the huge network of dating websites that this operator manages, this is indeed concerning. A member’s most private photos may end up on the landing page of other platforms, or they may use them on external websites as part of an ad. In other words, anyone could see this oblivious person in an extremely compromising position.