Smooch.com seems to be a legit choice, at first. The good first impression did not last long. We did some research on the internet. We found many negative reviews from former users. We also found plenty of warnings about the operator of this website. This website is operated by Venntro Media Group Ltd, who are based in Slough, UK. This company runs a large network of more than 3,500 dating sites in different categories. The problem here is the lack of data protection. To increase the chances of success, all profiles will be shared on each site.
So, if you register, your profile will be shown on more than 3.500 other dating sites as well. Part of the network includes fetish and casual dating sites. So, there might be a few platforms on which you would never create a profile. However, the operator claims that your chances of success will be increased. According to the reviews, that is not a game-changer. We found reports about a fake chat. First, the lack of data protection is one reason for fake profiles. Some profiles will just look fake. But this does not explain the fake chat scam.
We found the following statement in the terms and conditions
The Site is an entertainment service. Your use of this Service is entirely at your own risk.
Moderation leads to a subscription trap
Former users explain the fake chat in their reviews. Also, the operator mentions the purpose of “entertainment” in the terms and conditions. That is a common synonym for moderation. It seems that it really is a rip-off with a fake chat. Plus, the purpose is not entertainment, of course. The fake chat is used to stimulate new users to purchase a premium-membership. This will end in a subscription rip-off. A premium-membership will extend automatically, if it is not terminated in time. That does not have to be bad. But here, all signs point to a cheeky trap.