Not a lot to see on the starting page of SinglesHello.com., the design looks classy and boring at the same time. No real information is given just the slogan "Join Now and Find Your Match!" catches the eye, and the visitors learns that the sign up is free.
Becoming a member is easy, and the user has to provide some personal details like date of birth, location and preference. After that, he needs to choose a username and a unique password before he needs to agree to the terms and conditions. Here we find the first evidence that the online dating website SinglesHello.com is using fantasy profiles, so-called Online Cupids, to entertain the members.
This vital information is hidden in the tiny fine prints under the signing up area:
“By proceeding I acknowledge and agree that this Site includes Online Cupids® which are fantasy profiles operated by the site for entertainment and compliance.”
After excepting the terms and conditions, we click the sign-up button and are redirected to complete our profile. The new member needs to choose a profile headline, an introduction text and what kind of person you are looking for. The newbie gets redirected again and lands at the main member's area. Nothing to see here beside the function "search", "buddies", "who is online", "live cams", and "extras". On the top of the page, we can set our profile and see new messages. But 95% of the page offers the user a membership upgrade with the guarantee to get hooked up within three months—nothing else than a big scam.
Even without any uploaded photo, the new member gets plenty of kinky messages from hot women who want to hook up. Nothing will happen at all, because those are all faked profiles operated by employees to lure the people into expensive memberships. The upgrade is necessary if you want to reply to messages and see more details from members, the basic membership is totally useless.
We already know from the starting page that the website SinglesHello.com is using fantasy profiles. Still, it is also stated in their terms and conditions:
THIS SITE USES FANTASY PROFILES CALLED ONLINE CUPIDS®: You understand, acknowledge, and agree that some of the user profiles posted on this site may be fictitious and operated by the site or its contractors. Messages sent from our Online Cupids® service may be automatically generated with no human involvement, and Online Cupids® messages and/or correspondence may be generated by third-parties hired or contracted by Us. You understand, acknowledge, and agree that no physical meeting will ever take place between you and the individuals providing our Online Cupids® service, and that the exchange of messages between you and the Online Cupids® profile is for entertainment purposes..."
We saw many reports on the internet from former members which bought the three-day trial premium membership for $ 1.95 and very angry that they got charged automatically with $ 29.95 after three days. This amount is recurring monthly until you terminate the membership.