xxxDirect.com comes across as a great site for people looking for someone to fulfil their fantasies in no-strings-attached encounters. Something immediately raised our concerns. On the landing page, it says that user’s information is shared with other platforms in an online dating network. This network is presumably the one managed by the operator, although we do not find specific references. The goal, according to the platform, is to increase our chances of meeting someone aligned with our interests. For the sake of writing this review, we created a basic profile, and read the Terms and Conditions attentively.
Dangerous subscription rip-off
The subscription service gives you the opportunity to read and reply to unlimited messages and view all member photos. Another interesting feature is being able to see who has been checking out your profile. You can also access voice and video calling features. This may sound like a great deal if the profiles are authentic. Unfortunately, we suspect that the member pool is full of fake chat operators. The user has no way of telling who is real and who is not. They are lured into a paid subscription, which cannot deliver what it promises.
Sadly, many users have shared their negative experiences with this operator. It seems the platform is completely moderated by computer-generated profiles. Once the clients find out, they seem to have a hard time cancelling their subscription or getting their money back. Their experiences clearly warn others against signing up. The Terms and Conditions are just a way to avoid any sort of liability. The subscription costs up to 23 pounds per month. This is a high price to pay for a service that is not delivered at all.
The following excerpts are taken from the Terms and Conditions
The Site is an entertainment service. Your use of this Service is entirely at your own risk. You should exercise caution in evaluating what you see when involved in internet communication with people who are unknown to you (such as when you are using message services) and be aware that people may not necessarily be who they say they are and that people may provide information or behave in a way that is unreliable, misleading or illegal.
By using this Service you accept that any member profiles, messages and communication may not be genuine and you agree to take reasonable precautions in all interactions with other members or users of the Site or Service, particularly if you decide to meet offline or in person.
To help maximise the chances of meeting the right person for you, XXX Direct UK is part of a shared casual dating network of members and sites. This means that by joining XXX Direct UK you automatically get access to members who are part of this shared network, who may have alternative interests, characteristics and lifestyle choices, significantly increasing the chances of finding what you're looking for. By joining XXX Direct UK, your profile will also appear to members of other sites on the shared network.
Worrisome data issues
Venntro Media Group Ltd, the company based in Slough, United Kingdom, operates several online dating websites. This network is probably what the Terms and Conditions are referring to when it comes to “the shared network". Privacy issues may lead to users having their pictures and other data shared on different websites within the network, in addition to the one they are signing up for. This is also something to consider, even if you were thinking of just registering to have a look at the members’ area.