The landing page of InstantHookups.com is filled with a lot of members previews, links to other services, general information about sex dating and a slide show with some hot members. The page is overcrowded, and it is not easy to get focused. The website claims to be the best hookup site on the web with 27 Million potential dates and 1550 new dating opportunities per day. We doubt this very much.
Signing up at InstantHookups.com is as easy as at most of the other online dating sites. You have to provide some necessary information like your email address, screen name, choose a password and so on. Striking is that the portal is permanently mentioned that the website is free. It smells fishy and rings the alarm bells. After finishing the enrolment process, the visitor is redirected to the next step, where he is asked to sign up for his free account. You have to hit the green button which promises the user to get his free sign-up.
And here the scam begins, you have to give your credit or debit card details to proceed. If you do, you are trapped in a costly subscription trap, because you agree to three subscriptions worse $ 121.80 per month with auto-renewal. Once your credit card is charged, it is challenging to get a refund. We saw many testimonies on the internet from former members. They needed legal help to finally get rid of the recurring premium memberships.
Here are some excerpts from the fine prints:
“no charge to sign up for a free lifetime membership.”
“membership includes a one-day free trial period to instant hookups premium VIP, with the rebilling of $49.95 monthly until canceled”.
Besides the misleading information and credit card scheme, the portal is using a moderated chat to lure the users into the membership upgrades and subscription traps. The member's pool is full of fantasy profiles operated by moderators.
Here is the excerpt of the terms and conditions about the profiles which are made up for entertainment:
“By consenting to and accepting these Terms, You acknowledge You fully understand, accept and agree to the I ENVOY PROGRAM / ONLINE REGENT service. You acknowledge that You understand that some of the profiles and Members displayed on them are not actual members of the site. I ENVOY PROGRAM / ONLINE REGENT are not associated with any other user of the site, but are sent to You in an effort to promote broader enjoyment, additional activity and fuller participation in all our Services.”