MyKinkyClub.com looks like a potentially good dating website with a free registration. However, since the page looks familiar, we decide to investigate in depth. At the bottom of the landing page users are told that some profiles could be fake. Yet the statement is not clearly visible, and it is easy to ignore. Once users register for free, they receive a new message reminding them of the existence of fake profiles.
The problem is that it is hard to verify which ones are real and which ones are not. This is how the site seems to attempt to scam new users. This usually ends up in a fake chat rip-off.
Right after this, users start receiving chat notifications to which they will not be able to reply because only the registration is free. Chatting comes at a cost, and for each message users wish to send out, they must purchase and spend what the website refers to as “credits”.
Fake profiles difficult to detect
MyKinkyClub.com fails to identify fake profiles in a clear way. The Terms and Conditions explain how these fake profiles are marked with a small heart icon. This is confusing since the website uses other heart icons with different meanings. On top of that, the fake profile heart iconic is the smallest of all and goes easily unnoticed. These fake profiles hold conversations that seem very real, to the point they offer to meet in real life. This will not be possible since they are fictitious. That is how this platform scams users.
Here is the excerpt from the terms and conditions
mykinkyclub.com has the goal of allowing users to flirt. mykinkyclub.com is the platform for users to chat with fictive profiles. The website, service and content are being provided for entertainment purposes only and are not intended to be used for establishing meetings with other users. Profiles marked with a heart icon are fictive profiles with which physical contact is not possible.
If new users are not alerted up front, everything is very confusing, and users are likely to fall for the scam. Former user reviews confirm that the profiles are fake. To clear any doubt, we also decided to try it ourselves, and we can confirm that none of the profiles we tried getting in touch with was real. The company behind this is Midsummer Online BV, headquartered in the Netherlands. Based on several negative reviews we stumbled upon, this site seems to have a bad reputation. We could not find any positive reviews about the company either.