At first sight, FreeHookupMatches.com looks like a decent choice. The landing page is professionally designed, and the displayed profile pictures look inviting and seem authentic. Furthermore, the dating portal claims to be home to more than 1.7 million attractive members, and the registration is 100% free.
In order to find out whether the site is as good as it seems, we give it a try and create a free profile. Also, we have a closer look at the fine print and the terms and conditions. Unfortunately, it turns out that finding a real person for a date here is highly unlikely. The site is nothing but a fake chat scam with a subscription trap.
The following excerpt can be found in the terms and conditions
You may interact with content generated by, or with the assistance of, automated online accounts (“Bots” or “Automated Profiles”), where none – or substantially none – of the actions and posts of that Automated Profile are the result of or arise in connection with, a natural person’s profile or otherwise User Content.
Chatbots and fake profiles
According to the terms and conditions, the members’ area contains automated profiles. These profiles are created by the site’s employees and controlled by an automated system, so-called “chatbots”. As they are 100% fictitious, it is impossible to arrange real-life dates with them. Consequently, chatting here is for entertainment purposes only and a waste of time.
Unfortunately, the pointless fantasy chat experience is not free. To unlock the chat feature, users must sign up for a paid membership subscription first. As many users do not pay much attention to the fine print and do not carefully read the terms and conditions, they assume that all the enticing messages they receive originate from actual people who are genuinely looking for a date. Therefore, they are eager to reply quickly and willing to purchase one of the memberships.
Unfortunately, all offered subscriptions renew automatically, and the site’s operator is not at all trustworthy. As a result, users can quickly find themselves caught up in a costly and long-lasting subscription trap.
UK-based Safe Escape Limited runs FreeHookupMatches.com. This operator is responsible for multiple scam dating platforms and has received numerous negative reviews from disappointed customers online.