The front page is rather simple but the erotic photo in the background sets the right mood. User reviews are nowhere to be found. However, we find out the truth about Adult-18.net, thanks to our research. The operator admits using support staff to interact with the users. Furthermore, chatting is extremely expensive. This explains the importance of the operator’s employees in the first place.
We do not have to rely on user reviews to find out about the moderation of this dating site. The operator provides this information in the terms and conditions. This does not mean that all the users are aware of this fact. Most people do not take the time to read through the terms and conditions, which makes the scam on Adult-18.net possible.
This is the statement in the terms and conditions
The website uses support staff to monitor and moderate the chat system, leading to chat dialogues and conversations with the users.
You cannot chat for free
Users can buy virtual “coins” and use them to pay for the messages they send to other members. The more messages they send, the more coins they must buy in the store. So, the operator makes use of fake chat operators. They do not introduce themselves as support staff but use fake profiles to cover their actual identity. The users are supposed to believe that they are chatting with attractive female members, so that they buy as many coins as possible. Almost every fake chat scam works this way.
The company behind the rip-off
The operator of the dating site is Hazhtag Media Ou, who are based in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. This company runs several scam dating sites which target users from a variety of different countries. Hazhtag Media Ou does not seem to be popular, but the reviews we could find online were negative. It seems that the company always makes use of moderated fake profiles.