ECHTY.COM from Breda, Netherlands runs the online dating platform FindDates.us, which after further review, looks just like another scam site. Using this website for dating would most likely end in an expensive conversation with several fake profiles going nowhere and leading to no actual date in real life.
Fake Chat and inauthentic profiles
As already stated on the landing page, this website uses fictitious member profiles to interact with other users. This means that ECHTY.COM either programmed chatbots or contracted real people to start and maintain conversations. A physical meeting with the ones behind these profiles is therefore not possible. Even though the operator claims that these profiles are marked as such, we found many inauthentic profiles, but they weren’t marked. We still have all the reasons to believe that these profiles are fake because of the published explicit pictures and the steamy messages in the “About You” section on these profiles.
The user should take that into account ECHTY.COM offers chats with both real member profiles and fictitious member profiles (called Chatstars) on its website. […] The user agrees that all content originating from such Chatstars, information, texts and images are fictional and are only intended as entertainment. All Chatstars are fictitious.
Expensive messaging system and premium membership
To be able to communicate with these mostly inauthentic profiles, users have to buy coins in exchange for real money. The price ranges from $22.49 for 100 credits up to $134.99 for 1,000 credits. This already sounds pretty expensive, but given that one message costs 10 credits, the prices are even more absurd. Communicating with other users is therefore a very expensive experience.
By purchasing one credit bundle, the user also becomes a lifelong premium member. This unlocks more features, like permitting users to look at more pictures on each profile. This purchase does not come with a subscription, but it is still clearly a rip-off considering the price and the fake profiles. Even if there are real users on this website communicating with them, it is so expensive that users probably spend a month’s salary before they can arrange a meeting.