At first sight, MeetBerkshireSingles.co.uk looks trustworthy and legitimate. The site offers free registration and promises to be home to hundreds of Berkshire singles. They are looking for new dating experiences, friendship, love, and long-term relationships. But as soon as we read some reviews about the site’s operator as well as the terms and conditions, the positive first impression gets shattered. It turns out that the portal is a fake chat scam and a subscription rip-off.
After the free registration, users are only able to create a profile, browse the site, and use the search feature. But to be able to communicate with other members, a paid membership subscription is needed. Unfortunately, all memberships renew automatically and are extremely difficult to cancel. Therefore, they can easily end in long and costly subscription traps.
Fake chat scam
To get new users to sign up for the paid subscriptions as quickly as possible, MeetBerkshireSingles.co.uk uses a cheeky trick. The site sends enticing chat messages to new members, to lure them into a chat conversation. If users wish to reply, they must become paying members first. The fake messages are written and sent by employed fake chat operators, who hide behind fictional profiles.
Obviously, it is impossible to meet these profiles in real life. But unfortunately, the fake profiles are not marked as such, and users are not sufficiently informed about the moderation. Therefore, they assume that all members are existing people, with whom dates can be arranged.
The following excerpt is from the terms and conditions
From time to time, the Company employees (or employees of its parent or affiliated companies) may create test dating profiles for the purpose of checking and testing the functionality of our Website and Service to improve the quality and user experience for its Users.
Bad experience guaranteed
In summary, we cannot recommend anyone to register here. Due to the fake profiles, it seems extremely unlikely to ever meet a real person for a date here. Moreover, the subscriptions seem to unavoidably lead to an expensive subscription trap. The site’s operator, Desdemona Ltd from Dublin, Ireland, is already well-known for their untrustworthy dating websites. They have received numerous negative reviews from disappointed customers on the internet.