Fake dating site
June 21, 2018 5:47pm CST
One of my friends recently joined a fake dating site. This is different from the usual romance scams where scammers use real dating sites to find their victims. On the fake dating sites every profile is fake. The people behind the fake profiles are working for the site. The users pay about $2 each time they send a message to one of the fake profile, and the employees are told to flirt with the users and make the chat conversations as long as possible. The owners of the fake dating site say that they aren't doing anything illegal, because it is written the terms that the profiles are fictive. The information is there, but it is hard to find it. That is intentional of course, and many people don't actually read the TOS when they join a site. Many of the users are angry and they feel that they have been deceived. Unfortunately my friend ended up paying a quite a lot of money before he discovered the truth. Some of the employees are men posing as women and he might have been talking to a man the whole time. Have you heard of that kind of fake dating sites?
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It is true that many people don't read the TOS. The owner of the site knows that, and he took advantage of that. The site has been reported, but the owner says is he isn't doing anything wrong. He says that the information about the fictive profiles is there and it is people's own responsibity to read it.
@Porcospino I think he could be obliged anyway to close the site if it is not very clearly stated that the profiles are fake. It's just like you go to buy a necklace and there is a very small label (almost invisible) that states that it's "fake gold". It's a scam anyway.
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I would not have joined. If I had to pay every time I wanted to talk? I would have realized it was a scam. I'm sorry your friend got scammed out of so much money. I am sure there are many people that want to sue the company.
I would also stay way from a site that asked me to pay $2 every time I sent a message. The fact that you have to pay for each message isn't the only indication that the site is a scam. My friend showed me the site and the profiles look fake. The women all look like models. I am sad that my friend lost so much money, he is very angry, but unfortunately he didn't discover the truth in the beginning.
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@Porcospino I guess he was very hopeful. Even on a normal social media site, if a profile picture looks amazing, the person looks gorgeous? Then I assume it's a fake account. I hope he has learned not to trust everything he sees now.
Its a hard way to learn the lesson to read TOS and be diligent in doing a research before joining any site, not just dating sites for that matter. Never heard of it but I most probably won't be scammed by it, I'm sorry for your friend though that he fell for for the trap and bait