The online dating platform FindLocalAffairs.com targets people who want to find someone in their local area, to fulfill their fantasies. They seem to offer some transparency. The landing page already warns us that fictional profiles may be used, and that user information may be shared with third parties. However, this can easily be overlooked. The rest of the website is in contradiction with the small print, making you believe this is the best place to find a sexy date with a married woman.
Fake profiles for your own benefit
When we inspect the Terms and Conditions more closely, we read that the fictional profiles exist supposedly to enhance the user’s entertainment experience. You have to give it to Safe Escape Ltd, they came up with some creative wording for this scam. The company is based on the British island of Guernsey. They point out that the fake chat operators are there so that you can better communicate with a member when you eventually talk to a real-life person. Apparently, this is not going to happen on this platform.
Furthermore, they explain that the profiles are clearly marked as fake with “creative nicknames”, but there is nothing in those nicknames that screams “I am a chatbot”. At best, you would have to make a guess, if you have any suspicions. Either way, it seems there are no authentic profiles on this website.
The following excerpt is taken from the Terms and Conditions
5.1. Please, note that while using Our Services You may sometimes interact with automated online accounts and/or fictitious profiles, which its interactions been generated by or with the assistance of automated programs or scripts, or by real persons that have been contracted or employed by Us (Hereinafter, referred to as “Bots”, “Automated Profiles” or “Fictitious profiles”). These Automated Profiles are being used within the Services for the enhancing Your amusement experience and providing You with entertaining services, which helps You to better intercommunicate with another user who is a real human being.
The user is quickly bombarded with messages from those fake chat operators. But to chat, a costly monthly subscription is required. The website offers a 2-day trial period. This is very common among these unreliable operators. However, we advise you not to even try it. Very often the membership is automatically renewed, and cancellation is made extremely difficult by these companies. Safe Escape Ltd has a shady reputation in the dating site space, so it is best to not take the risk.
Your information will also be shared with third parties, and it is unclear with whom, or for what purpose. The warning about fictional profiles and potential data protection concerns is rather straightforward. It seems as if they want to come across as an honest provider. However, considering the reputation of this company, we recommend that you avoid signing up at all.