The landing page of TheatreBuddies.uk looks really promising. A picture of a smiling and attractive couple is the prelude to what a new user can expect after signing up. The page doesn't display any erotic content. It appears this is not the right website for those seeking a sexual casual experience. Only those with a genuine interest in theatre are invited to join the community.
The homepage lists various compelling reasons to create an account. First, signing up and searching for a companion are free of charge. Then, they promise all profiles are manually checked to prevent the creation of fakes. Lastly, a strong customer support team is available 24/7 to help with any needs. It seems there is nothing to lose in signing up.
Nothing comes free
As soon as we gain access to the members’ area, we realize things are different from how they appear. Registration is indeed free of charge, but it is also useless. Without purchasing a paid membership, a user cannot communicate with anyone. There is obviously no point in signing up for a portal like TheatreBuddies.uk if you cannot arrange a date.
On top of this, the promise that all profiles are manually checked is also a lie. It took us less than two minutes to create an account without having to give any proof of our identity. Moreover, our profile doesn't even contain a picture and lacks personal information. But the worst news is yet to come.
The following is stated in the Terms and Conditions
By using this Service you accept that any member profiles, messages and communication may not be genuine [...]
Just another fake chat
Contrary to what is declared on the initial page, it is impossible to arrange any meeting here. The reason is that many profiles on TheatreBuddies.uk are fake. They are created by fake chat operators who adopt fictitious characters. These accounts are not marked as fictitious. The victim of this scam is led to think he is talking to a real person just to encourage him to buy paid membership. But on the other side of the screen is a professional animator employed by Venntro Media Group Ltd, a company headquartered in Slough, UK.