The online dating platform CrushNearby.com advertises with free registration and appears to be an excellent choice. The site claims to have four million members, and that it is a perfect place to find a matching partner for a date in no time. However, we find some information in the footer of the landing page. This soon makes us realize that it is impossible to arrange a real-life date on this portal. We read that the website is for entertainment purposes only and that some member profiles are fictional.
In the terms and conditions, we find the following note
You also understand that this is a fantasy entertainment Service and that (i) the profiles are fictional and your interactions will be with operators
Unfortunately, the chat on CrushNearby.com is not free, only the registration is. To be able to write messages to other members, users must pay. First, they must purchase so-called “credits”, which can then be exchanged for sending messages in the chat. Depending on which of the offered “credit”-bundles is chosen, each message can cost between $1 and $1.50. That is not only extremely expensive, but also completely pointless. With fictional profiles, real-life dates are obviously not possible.
Users are not aware of the fake profiles
As users are not sufficiently informed about the fake chat, they assume there is a real person behind each member profile. Hoping to meet someone with whom a date can be arranged, they are willing to pay for the expensive chat. Thus, they lose a lot of money on entirely pointless conversations. The only one who benefits from the chat is the operator, whose profits rise with each sent message. All in all, we cannot recommend anyone to register here. It is clearly a rip-off.
Meteor Interactive B.V. is the company behind this scam. We have already had some bad experiences with this operator over the years, as it runs several online dating websites. All of which are known to be rip-offs. The company is based in Utrecht, in the Netherlands.