The online dating portal Affairs4Free.com promises to be a place where users can find their true love. Initially, the site seems trustworthy and promising. For our review, we decided to dig a little deeper. First, we created a free account and explored the members’ area. Then, we searched the internet for user experiences, and read the terms and conditions. Unfortunately, we quickly discovered that Affairs4Free.com cannot be recommended. The site is a scam with a subscription rip-off, and a fake chat function.
As a free user, you are only granted very limited access to the site’s features. To be able to communicate with other members via chat, a paid premium-membership is needed. Without a premium-subscription, the site is unfortunately rather useless. However, we must strongly advise you to refrain from signing up for one of the offered subscriptions. It is a rip-off. All subscriptions renew automatically and are extremely difficult to cancel. Therefore, they can easily lead to a long and costly trap. The site’s operator is already well known for this kind of scam.
As it turns out, your chances of meeting a real person with whom a date can be arranged are extremely low as well. According to the terms and conditions, the members’ area contains fictional profiles, which are created by the site’s employees. They are controlled by professional fake chat operators, including chatbots. From our experience, such fake profiles are solely used to send enticing chat messages to new members, in order to lure them into the paid services as quickly as possible. A very cheeky scam.
Here is an excerpt from the terms and conditions
In order to enhance your amusement experience, to stimulate you and others to use our Services more extensively, and to generally sprinkle some sparkle and excitement into the Services of AFFAIRS4FREE.COM, 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 really exists and any dialog 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. While these communications may seem genuine, authentic, and personal, they may be broadcast simultaneously to a large number of persons and possess none of these qualities.
The operator behind Affairs4Free.com is Safe Escape Ltd, who are based in St. Pierre du Bois, in Guernsey. This company is responsible for several other scam websites, some of which we have already tested. They regularly receive negative reviews and complaints from dissatisfied customers online.