The online dating platform CougarsMeetUp.com advertises with a free registration. More details about the site, its service and costs or the operator are missing. So, we did some research on the internet plus we read the terms and conditions of the site. In the end we found out that this portal is a scam with a fake chat.
Already on the landing page we saw a tiny written note about fantasy profiles which are made up for entertainment. In general, this sounds normal but a dating website is not made for entertainment. It is a service that should connect people with each other. More, a moderated chat does not have to be a rip off. But then a user must be clearly informed about the use of entertainment profiles. Plus the user must be able to recognize such a profile by himself. That is not possible here so we assume that this site is a fake chat scam.
Fake operators will get in touch with a new member right after the registration. With many messages they try to entice the user to get a paid premium-membership. A premium-membership is needed to write messages. So, the fake operators are used to lure the user into a subscription.
The fake chat is mentioned in the terms and conditions
“You understand, acknowledge, and agree that some of the user profiles posted on this site may be fictitious and operated by the Site or its contractors.”
There might be one more step of the scam. The subscription for the paid premium-membership is first, not really cheap, second, not worth the money because of the fake chat and third, it might be trap. A subscription on CougarsMeetUp.com will extend automatically which does not have to be a trap but in this case we assume that it is part of the rip off.
This site is operated by the CougarsMeetUp which is located in Nicosia in Cyprus which is not a typical location for the operator of a dating portal in the US.