HotAttract.com claims to be a popular site for people to find casual dates. Though the website is truthful about their use of fictional, computer-programmed profiles, this fine print is easy to overlook. It is overshadowed by the promise of finding local hookups to meet up with.
Fake chat helpers
As we were suspicious about the use of fake profiles, we examined the Terms and Conditions. We found that HotAttract.com creates fictional member profiles, to chat with users. They claim that their fake chat operators help members practice their communication skills. This is quite strange to us, as the supposed purpose of the website is to chat with genuine people.
Additionally, the Terms and Conditions promises that their computer-generated profiles are marked with a nickname, to be easily recognizable by the user. Using our test account, we discovered that each fake profile is marked with a small label that says, “online cupid.” This appears very faintly, and most users would not even notice it.
Full of false profiles
Looking through the profiles on the members page, we found that every profile we clicked on was an “online cupid,” or fake chat operator. Our account received multiple messages in the first few minutes of activity, all of which were automated. If users of the site had not read the fine print or Terms of Service, they would be inclined to purchase a membership to chat with these profiles.
From the Terms and Conditions
From time to time, while You use Our Services, You may interact with automated online accounts and/or false profiles, which all its content has been generated by either: a) real persons that have been only contracted or employed by Us for the purposes set-forth below; or/and b) by automated programs or scripts, which dialogues none really exist and have been generated exclusively by programming (hereinafter, collectively referred to as “Automated Profiles”).
The purpose of the implementation of Automated Profiles in Our Website is to enhance Your amusement experience and providing You with entertaining and conversational services, so You can be stimulated to use Our Services more extensively, for example, by helping You to intercommunicate better with other users which are actually real.
Possible subscription rip-off
We quickly found that the purchase of a premium membership was required to send messages on this website. Based on our previous experience with this company, as well as the many user experience reviews, found on the internet, this is indicative of an auto-renewal subscription scam. Wherein, cancellation is usually very difficult. We know the operator of HotAttract.com, Thulium Ltd from Nicosia, in Cyprus, to be a company who is notorious for conducting rip-offs like this.