FlingMeet.com is a dodgy dating platform managed by Loveland Inc, a company from New York City. Our experience with this operator is limited, but their websites have always been the same by having a playful, but minimal design. In fact, it seems like the only thing they bothered to change was the domain name, but other than that it is exactly identical with the same type of scam we have reviewed in the past.
The portal uses a fake chat service with hired chat operators called “Nominal Users.” These are simply fictitious characters created to seduce new members by initiating a conversation with them. New members would then think that they are conversing with real users which will then make them want to purchase a premium subscription. Nominal users try to keep naïve users interested without revealing their true motives. Since most people do not read the Terms and Conditions, they are unaware of it. Luckily, we have been doing this long enough to know not to easily fall for this scam.
When we analyzed the legal information, we noticed an important detail. It seems that users grant the company of the site permission to use the users’ profile picture and information for their own purposes. Writing from experience, fake dating companies like these will take pictures and information from real users to create an identical profile on another dating platform that is managed by the same company. Users won’t realize this because they are not notified of this at all. This is how these types of scam companies manage to build up their huge profile databases.
The following excerpts were taken from the terms and conditions
You also agree and acknowledge that the descriptions, images, and other material in these profiles are included primarily to entertain and assist you in understanding how the Service works. These profiles will initiate contact and send virtual gifts, as well as display your profile and send winks.
These nominal users only communicate with other Members, not with our Subscribers. Only real people chat with our subscribers. Nominal users send computer-generated messages to members. These profiles are nearly identical to those of actual users.
By submitting Content to the Service or as part of it, you automatically guarantee the Company, its affiliates, licensees, and successors an irrevocable, unlimited, non-exclusive, fully paid-up, worldwide right and license to (i) use, copy, store, perform, display, recreate, record, play, adapt, modify, and share the Content, (ii) prepare derivative works of the Content, and (iii) include the Content into other works.
If you are still considering getting a membership, just be aware that every subscription is automatically renewed when the contract period ends. The only way out is to somehow cancel the subscription within the deadline. We don’t know if this is the case here, but very often the cancellation process gets tricky. Based on our experience with other dodgy operators, we wouldn’t risk it. Also, keep in mind that you won’t get a real date through this website anyway. There is no point in wasting any money or effort on this rip-off website.