CloseByFlings.com looks to be a fun dating portal. It supposedly has millions of users. By signing up, the site states that users will be granted unlimited access to the extensive dating pool. Unfortunately, we took an in-depth look at this platform and found it to be a fake chat scam. Once on the portal, users will be met by a vast number of attractive profiles. However, in our experience, they are almost all fake. Furthermore, chatting on this site is not free. Users must buy a virtual currency to send messages.
Unlike many other fake chat scam dating websites, CloseByFlings.com requires users to acknowledge the use of fake profiles on their portal. All members must agree to receiving messages from fictional profiles, before creating an account. Though the Dutch operator of this platform, White Mountain Online Solutions BV, based in Krimpen aan den IJssel, is transparent about this, we still consider this website a scam. The reason for this is that it is very difficult to tell that a profile is fake.
According to the Terms and Conditions, fictional profiles are marked by a heart icon. Though we did find this to be true, we had a hard time locating this marker on the profiles. It only appears if you go directly to a member’s profile page. It does not appear on the messaging page, which is where most users would probably look. Therefore, CloseByFlings.com is a scam because users will probably not realize the profiles are fake.
From the Terms and Conditions
Fictional entertainers’ profiles marked with a heart icon are for entertainment purposes only, physical contact with these profiles is not possible.
In our experience with CloseByFlings.com, we found the biggest issue to be the virtual currency system. Using the chatting feature of this website is not free, despite what users would assume, based on information on the homepage. When trying to respond to the enticing messages, sent by fake chat operators, we realized that we could not send any messages without first purchasing virtual coins. Each message you send on this website must be paid for with coins. Seeing as all the accounts we encountered were fake chat operators, this seems like a rip-off.