The online dating platform ShagLocal.co.uk looks like a reputable casual dating website on the first view. But the more time we spend on the portal the more hints we found that this is a rip off. The landing page mentions that the registration is for free. But we do not find clear information about costs after the registration. So we could assume that the use of the portal is for free as well.
But this is by far not the reality. The portal ShagLocal.co.uk charges a lot of money for its use and even worse the subscription for the paid premium-membership is a trap. The dating platform is a scam as the subscription will extend automatically.
This important detail is mentioned in the terms and conditions
“When you take out a subscription, it will normally be set up to automatically renew on a regular basis. You can cancel these automatic renewals at any time before we take the next payment through our Site or by contacting us.”
So first of all the website is a subscription rip off but what is about the profile pictures on the landing? Regard to the reviews on the internet all members of the website are a fake and operated by fake operators. The operator does not mention fake operators or fake profiles in the terms and conditions. But while our research we found a few reports that the website uses fake profiles and a fake chat to entice the user to pay for a membership.
Last but not least is that ShagLocal.co.uk is operated by the Venntro Media Group Ltd. This company runs a huge dating network and is located in Slough, United Kingdom. The operator gets a lot of critics on the internet because it shares the user’s private data all over its network. And as this operator runs more than thousands of dating portals this is clearly not an advantage but a terrible leaking data protection.
The sharing of the personal data is mention on the landing page
“To maximise your chances of finding success, we've enhanced the member area of Shag Local to include members with all interests and characteristics. You can still use our search settings to find exactly who you're looking for.”
That means your personal profile plus all personal information will be displayed at every other dating website of the network of the Venntro Media Group Ltd.