The landing page of xPickup.com does not look too bad. We see a few profile pictures and that the registration is for free. That gives us the impression that this website might be trustworthy. It also mentions that you will find a match in no time and can have a date as well. In a nutshell, the offer sounds excellent, but our research shows that this website advertises with wrong and misleading details.
First of all, the profile pictures on the landing page are fake. This website uses fictional profiles. But the fake profiles are not just made up to create a full member’s pool. Fake operators operate fake profiles.
A fake operator will stimulate the user to a chat and get a paid premium membership. But the user does not know about the phony chat and assumes that all members and profiles are real. A moderated dating website does not have to be a scam, but xPickup.com is one. It does not inform the user about the fictional profiles, and it charges money of its members.
The rip off is in the terms and conditions
“we may post fictitious profiles, generate or respond to communications by means of automated programs or scripts that simulate or attempt to simulate your intercommunication with another real human being (though none exists and any dialogue is generated by programming), and we may employ or contract for the paid services of real persons who may interact with you as part of their compensated employment.”
It starts right after the registration. Regard to some information we found on the internet, and it will only take a few minutes until the fake operators get in touch with a new member. At this point, they will not mention that they are a fictitious person. So the user gets tricked by the fake operators.
If a new member wants to stay in contact with another profile, which is a fake profile, a paid membership is needed. The costs on this online dating portal originate via a subscription that will extend automatically. It is a trap and the second part of the rip-off.
Extra Dimensions Limited operates the site which is in Nicosia, Cyprus. Already the location of the company is one hint that this website is non-reputable.