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Things you need to know about online dating sites before you sign up. Part Three.

2019.12.03 23:43 tggrinc1st Things you need to know about online dating sites before you sign up. Part Three.

As winter and the holidays approach the numbers of people searching for companionship online and joining dating websites rises. So it's time to remind everyone of the fraudulent behavior that those dating sites engage in. These are deliberately fraudulent activities designed to get lonely people to spend money on their sites.
If you have not seen part one or of this post I suggest that you start with those:
Part 1: https://www.reddit.com/OpinionsReviewsViews/comments/e37b5d/things_you_need_to_know_about_online_dating_sites/
Part 2: https://www.reddit.com/OpinionsReviewsViews/comments/e38idi/things_you_need_to_know_about_online_dating_sites/
Plenty of Fish, Match, OK cupid, and Tinder are all owned by the same company and all of them engage in some variation of the fraudulent behaviors that I will be describing. But they are not alone in this. Every dating site employs some or all of the fraudulent strategies described below. Some have their own variations on these schemes but they all have the same end goal.
NOTE: The more sexually oriented the site, the more they will lie. The lies will be bigger and they will be more aggressive in their attempts to defraud you. You are far more likely to be the victim of credit card fraud and identity theft on these adult oriented sites. This includes Adult Friend Finders, Ashley Madison, and other self-proclaimed sex dating sites.
 
The last habit that these sites engage in is illegal. They charge men for services that women receive for free. It's no secret that there are more men looking for women than there are women looking for men. So, just like bars giving free drinks to women, these sites give free or discounted services to women with profiles that generate a lot of activity. It doesn't matter if these women are actively looking to meet anyone or even continue to use the site. Their profiles are promoted heavily and shown as active. So while men are charged a premium for memberships or views or other services, many women are given those same services for free.
Giving free services to women that men have to pay for is sexual discrimination. Which is illegal.
 
Ok, so you've read part one and two. You may be thinking that they would stop committing fraud after being caught and sued repeatedly. If so, you'd be wrong. Here are some of the most recent articles that popped up in a google search for Match.com fraud.
 
2014: Stealing pictures from social media sites for use in fake profiles. According to a lawsuit Yuliana Avalos filed against the popular dating website, more than 200 bogus Match.com profiles were created using her pictures. She maintains that hundreds, possibly thousands of fake profiles are posted on the site, including those using her pictures, even though she's never signed up for the site.
https://www.datingsitesreviews.com/article.php?story=match-com-sued-by-florida-woman-for-using-her-photos-in-more-than-200-bogus-profiles
 
2019 Age discrimination: A settlement has been reached in Kim v. Tinder, Inc., et al. Kim claims that Defendants violated California Law (xxx) by charging a higher price for subscriptions to Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold to persons who were 29 years of age or older. Kim filed the lawsuit on behalf of a class, seeking damages and restitution.
https://www.tindersettlement.com/
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/tinder-settles-age-discrimination-lawsuit-for-17
 
2019: Using fake profiles to trick users into buying services. The FTC filed charges against match.com. The Federal Trade Commission sued online dating service Match Group, Inc. (Match), the owner of Match.com, Tinder, OKCupid, PlentyOfFish, and other dating sites, alleging that the company used fake love interest advertisements to trick hundreds of thousands of consumers into purchasing paid subscriptions on Match.com.
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2019/09/ftc-sues-owner-online-dating-service-matchcom-using-fake-love
 
Based on their track record and their willingness to repeatedly defraud tens of thousands of users, There is no reason to believe that the owners or employees of these sites have any integrity whatsoever. They feel no moral obligation to behave in a forthright or honest manner. So while you may find a few real people on their sites, you will have to wade through thousands of fake, spam, and malicious profiles that are there for only one reason. To take advantage of you and steal your money.
And those are the people operating the "legitimate" dating sites like Match, OK cupid, Plenty of Fish, etc.
It should go without saying that you should never download any software from these sites. That goes double for installing apps on your phone.
If you see an advertisement for an adult/sex dating site, use your common sense. Do drop dead gorgeous models really need a website to meet men? Is there an army of barely eighteen year old girls waiting for average looking, average income, or older men to date them? Don't be stupid.
 
The Match group is owned by IAC, Inter Active Corp. The Match group runs a variety of sites and has it's own subsidiaries. This is a partial list of sites and subs owned and operated by the Match group. There are others that are so similar in name or appearance that I assume that they are run by the same company under alternative company names.
Match group subsidiary People media runs these sites:
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2019.09.27 21:00 DangerDylan [Friday, 27. September]

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FTC Sues Owner of Online Dating Service Match.com for Using Fake Love Interest Ads To Trick Consumers into Paying for a Match.com Subscription
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2019.09.25 22:25 acerod1 Match.com Used Scammers’ Profiles to Trick Its Dating Service Users, FTC Says

It’s a heartless thing to do: Tell a person looking for a love that someone is into them—even though the secret admirer doesn’t exist. But it’s even worse to introduce that person to a romantic predator, in order to make a buck.
In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission says the dating site Match.com did all of these things to hundreds of thousands of the dating service’s users—dashing their romantic hopes while shaking them down for subscriptions.
According to the FTC, Match notified its users about “likes,” emails, and instant messages from people it had identified as probable scammers. The notifications came in the form of ads like “You just caught his eye…Could he be the one? READ HIS EMAIL” that urged the users to upgrade to a paid subscription in order to communicate with their suitor.
By contrast, the FTC claims, Match would block the scammers from reaching those who were already paying members.
The tactic appears to have been effective. The FTC claims nearly half a million people purchased Match subscriptions or upgraded from free trials in response to scammy communications between 2016 and 2018. Once users signed up in response to the fake missives, Match would either inform them the interested user was no longer available or, worse, put them in touch with the scammer.
So-called “romance scams” are pervasive on dating sites and social media platforms like Facebook, and typically involve the scammers, who are often overseas, pressuring victims to give them money. The FTC estimates the scams produced $884 million in losses between 2015 and 2017 and that, in the case of Match, 25% to 50% of those who register on the site are crooks.
In an email to Fortune, a Match spokesperson described the FTC’s complaint as “completely meritless allegations.”
Match.com’s parent company, Match Group, is the biggest dating company in the U.S., owning 25% of the market, and approximately 45 dating services, including Tinder and Plenty of Fish. In response to the FTC complaint, the company’s shares slid around 2% on Wednesday.
The FTC’s complaint also includes further allegations of unfair or unethical practices. These include what the agency alleges are misleading offers of money-back guarantees if a user does not “meet someone special,” and a practice of cancelling the accounts of those who complain about unauthorized charges.
The FTC also cites internal communications from Match employees and executives to portray what it says are “confusing and cumbersome” cancellation policies.
“[The policy is] hard to find, tedious, and confusing. Members often think they’ve cancelled when they have not and end up with unwanted renewals,” says a Match executive cited in the complaint. “The current process takes over 6 clicks.”
If the FTC prevails in the dispute, Match.com will likely be the on hook for tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. In its complaint, the agency seeks an order enjoining Match.com for deceptive practices as well as civil penalties for violation of the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act, a law that provides for fines of up to $42,530 for each violation.

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