The online dating platform Cupid.com is supposed to be the kind of dating website designed for pretty much everyone, no matter what they are looking for. The larger the user database is, the better the chances users have to find love. At least, that’s how it should be. However, after doing research on the website and reading online reviews from past users who shared their experiences, it seems that everything the site claims to offer is false. Users are actually fooled by the site to spend money on the platform. It is nothing more than a scam.
Like always, we can find answers in the Terms and Conditions. We found evidence of a scam through the use and mention of fictitious profiles. The platform lets users know that some profiles are fake and are operated by their staff to “test” the service of the website. Whoever/whatever generates messages through the fake profiles will try to make the conversation last as long as possible to get users to spend money, with no real date ever happening. Users who use this site will be scammed, especially with the free trial. Free-trial memberships always renew to an overpriced subscription.
The Subscription Rip-Off
Once users are in the members’ area, they will start getting notifications from everywhere telling them that the best they can do now is to get a 1-day trial. After sending 5 messages for free, users have no other choice than to get this subscription if they want to have a chance to do anything on the platform. Even looking at the gallery, pictures of other profiles aren’t possible with a free account. R.I.P. to the free experience of dating.
A 1-Day trial is only $1.29, but then users are automatically charged $43.68 the next day. Yes, the subscription is automatically renewed at the end of the 1-day period and for the same length at this price. To cancel the 1-Day trial, users need to do it 3 days before the renewal occurs. If that’s not a scam, I don’t know what is.
The Following Was Excerpted from the Terms and Conditions
We do not guarantee that all the profiles found in search will belong to other users, as we reserve the right to create profiles which are maintained and managed by our employees (“Staff Profiles”).
All kinds of paid subscriptions are subject to automated renewal for the same period that you signed up to and in accordance with the price applicable at the time of renewal. You reserve the right to cancel autorenewal if you do not wish to be charged for the new term of subscription, but you must exercise this right at least 3 days (72 hours) before the autorenewal takes place.
Double Scam, Double Sentence
“Fake chat” operators make you lose your time and money. A subscription system is used, which will without a doubt rip a user off. That’s the deal you make if you choose Cupid.com. Antheia Services LTD is definitively a master of this scam. They are established in the city of Larnaca, in Cyprus. Even the Terms and Conditions page is set up, so users cannot easily copy the text from it. It was as if they didn’t want the contents to be shared around.
One final fact about this scam is the Ice Breaker System. It is simply an automatic message generator that sends out messages from user profiles to other user profiles. Half the time, users are not aware of this. The goal seems to be to create a conversation between members. Nothing good comes from this, and it is going to end in a ton of spam messages for everyone. The only thing users will experience here is a subscription rip-off.