The online dating platform LocalDatingAds.com advertises itself as a great place to meet and date local singles in no time at all. At first sight, the portal appears to be an excellent choice. To find out if the site lives up to its great first impression, we created a free test account, read the terms and conditions and searched the internet for user experiences and reviews. Sadly, we soon discovered that LocalDatingAds.com is not trustworthy. Our research shows it is just a rip-off with a fake chat scam and possibly a subscription trap as well.
In the terms and conditions, we read that the members’ area of LocalDatingAds.com contains “online regents”. These are fake profiles that do not correspond to real members. They are created and controlled by professional fake chat operators who are employed by the company responsible for LocalDatingAds.com.
Here are the relevant excerpts from the terms and conditions
ONLINE REGENTS: localdatingads.com UTILIZES VIRTUAL PROFILES THAT DO NOT CORRESPOND TO ACTUAL MEMBERS:
The ONLINE REGENT services can include the posting of information, pictures and/or communications directed to You. Such messages may take the form of any communication currently permitted on the Website.
The deployment of our ONLINE REGENT services is designed to facilitate Account development, enhance the user, Member and/or Subscribers experience, enable internal network analysis, facilitate quality control, educate and entertain users, Members and/or Subscribers, and/or ensure conformity to these Terms.
By accepting these Terms you further acknowledge and agree that any information or pictures displayed to you via an ONLINE REGENTS profile does not relate to an actual person but has been included for the above mentioned purposes.
Real dates unlikely
Since the site is full of such fake profiles, the chances of meeting genuine singles here are extremely low. The entire chat experience is therefore just a waste of time and unlikely ever to result in an actual date. From our perspective, such virtual fantasy profiles are created solely for the purpose of luring new users into paid services quickly.
Potential subscription rip-off
While signing up and creating a personal profile are free, using the site’s chat feature is not. To unlock this, users must first purchase a paid membership subscription. We cannot however recommend that anyone signs up for these subscriptions. They renew automatically and may very well be extremely challenging to cancel. They may thus lead to a long and costly subscription trap.
The operator of LocalDatingAds.com is Prokey Solutions Ltd, which is based in Sheffield in the UK. Although this is our first review of this company, the chances are that it will not be our last. During our research, we discovered that it is responsible for various other dating platforms which use exactly the same strategies to trick users into questionable membership subscriptions.