When you land for the first time on SwipeCheaters.com, you are stunned by the colossal preview of all the hot members, and it is obvious that you are entering a website with adult content. There is a faked countdown telling you that there is only a limited time to register for free. The operator is Tralox Overseas Limited, located in Strovolos, Cyprus. We know already that the sex dating portal is not legit, and we have a lot of experience in uncovering scams, but this trick is new to us.
We start the standard enrolment process and give our preference, date of birth, choose our username and password and an email address. After a few seconds, our free profile is created, and we can fill it with more personal details and a headline. After that, we are redirected but not to the main members’ area. The company is offering an upgrade to a premium account. No thanks! We go around this subscription trap and finally end up in the main area.
The design looks old fashioned but has all necessary features to get around like profile settings, connections, notifications, mailbox, filters and search functions and a link to live cams. We see many members profiles and who is currently online. And of course, a lot of advertisements to lure the members into subscriptions or updates. Even if we did not upload a single picture, we are getting a lot of messages, emails, and texts. This is a part of the rip-off. This is all coming from fantasy profiles, bots or how as operator calls them "Love Stars". They are generating faked messages to lure the members into expensive upgrades.
This is clearly stated in the terms and conditions:
“You understand, acknowledge, and agree that some of the user profiles posted on this site may be fictitious or models or bots related to our "Love Stars" (LS) program. You understand, acknowledge, and agree that the information, text, and pictures contained in the LS profiles do not pertain to any actual person or member, but are included for entertainment purposes only.”
Besides the automated emails, we are getting contacted by hotties chatting to us via video chat. The naïve user might think this is a live performance, but far from it! The women are not speaking with us, and they also do not strip for us, they are 100% fake. Another attempt to mislead the members is through subscriptions and upgrades. Because, if you want to be active, read and chat you will need to spend money. The basic membership is totally useless.
But it does not stop here. If the member agrees to upgrade his account, he will get automatically charged for two porn site memberships. Instead of spending $ 39.95 per month, the newbie will end up paying almost $ 100.00. Of course, this is only mentioned in the fine print.