BDSMAmerica.com advertises with free registration and a big pool of active members. According to the landing page, this dating portal is a perfect place to find local BDSM dates in no time at all. Furthermore, the site claims to offer a safe environment, where no fake profiles and scammers are to be feared. But after we have a closer look at the terms and conditions, we cannot recommend anyone to register here.
In the terms and conditions, we find the following note
From time to time, the Company employees (or employees of its parent or affiliated companies) may create test dating profiles for the purpose of checking and testing the functionality of our Website and Service to improve the quality and user experience for its Users.
The site claims that these test profiles are created to check the functionality and to improve the user experience. But as we see it, their true purpose is to trick new users into the expensive membership subscriptions as quickly as possible.
Shortly after the free registration, users receive several messages, which appear to be sent by real members. But in fact, these messages are created and sent by hired operators, who hide behind fictional profiles. To be able to reply, users must become paying members first. As the fake profiles are not specifically marked as such, users assume a real person is behind each message. Therefore, they are willing to sign up for the paid services, to be able to reply. With this cheeky trick, users are lured into the membership subscriptions, which can easily lead into a trap.
All membership subscriptions renew automatically, if not terminated in time. From our experience, this can easily lead into a long and expensive subscription trap. The offered trial-memberships are particularly cheeky, as they unavoidably convert into one of the expensive long-term subscriptions.
The operator behind this scam is already well-known to us. VodFun Limited, which is based in Douglas, in the Isle of Man, operates several other dating portals, some of which we have already tested. They are all rip-offs with fake chats and subscription traps. Furthermore, the internet is filled with negative reviews about this company and its websites.