On seeing the landing page, HookupDesires.com looks like a typical dating site for connecting individuals who are looking for a fling, or a romantic experience. Apparently, they even have features which enhance the user experience. For instance, the “pin” option allows users to compile their preferred profiles into a favorite list. The “speed date” feature facilitates quick matches and chats with users nearby. Moreover, users can see who viewed their profiles by going to the “Viewed Me” tab.
All these would be commendable if the site were not a scam. Here is why we believe the site is a rip-off.
Fake chat operators
Take Two Digital LTD acknowledges that they operate “system profiles” which impersonate the persons portrayed on the site. In essence, these are fake profiles. Users chat with someone entirely different from the one displayed in the profile picture. Moreover, the Terms and Conditions state that HookupDesires.com exists for entertainment. However, the statements on the landing page imply that the platform is a dating site, where users can find romance, and even meet.
We have conducted many reviews where operators provide two completely contradictory sets of information, which misleads users. Those unaware of such tactics may continuously pay to interact with fake profiles, in hope of meeting them. It will take time before they discover they are being led.
The following excerpt is taken from the Terms and Conditions
The Company operates system profiles (i.e. profiles connected to Accounts which have been created by the Company and which are either operated by contractors of the Company who impersonate the persons portrayed in such profiles or by a system designed to interact with users) and expressly reserves the right to chat with users through such system profiles in order to enhance the users’ entertainment experience. Physical contact with individuals behind such system profiles is strictly prohibited.
Dating sites collect various forms of information to enhance the user experience. For instance, providing your location helps match you with people close by. Providing a profile photo and descriptions of your career, and interests, shows that you are genuine. It also helps attract people with similar interests and hobbies. Giving out this information may make sense, if the user is on a genuine site, because they stand a chance of finding someone.
However, fake chats do not offer such a reward. Users give out sensitive information only to end up with no one. In addition to the above information, HookupDesires.com also collects other sensitive information, like financial data. The site shares this information with third parties, like advertisers.