HotHookupsNearMe.com appears to be a dating site like any other. However, after our review, we realized that the site is a scam. Fake accounts, fake interactions, and the potential sharing of data with third parties leave no doubt. The site is a rip-off.
Partners content Terms and Conditions
3.7. Partners Content. By using the Services You agree to be exposed to, interact or otherwise be provided with (i) information and content provided by third parties; (ii) links to third-party websites or resources, such as sellers of goods and services; and (iii) third-party products and services for sale directly to You (hereinafter collectively “Partners Content”). Under any such circumstances, such Partners Content may contain affiliate marketing links encoded by third-party partners, through which actions executed by You, i.e. clicking on or making final purchases via that Partners Content, may generate revenue to the Company.
This passage from the Terms and Conditions indicates that the service may display content from third-party partners, and if you interact with this content by taking specific actions, it could contribute to generating revenue for the company providing the service. However, the user is already paying a subscription to use the dating site’s services. There is no benefit for the user in viewing third-party content.
We conducted a test by creating an account and were surprised by the amount of advertising. Whether it was the homepage, the search page, the chat page, or our profile page, each page featured advertisements. Advertising is not at all necessary in this type of service, given that the user is already paying a subscription. It serves no purpose for the user and only benefits the company. It is just a subscription rip-off.
The problem with fake profiles is that they result in fake chats. Obviously, these fake chats are not authentic. The user cannot distinguish a fake account from an authentic one and may potentially build a false relationship with an automated account. Additionally, the user pays a subscription to find what they are looking for, which is a short or long-term relationship, with a genuine person. Resorting to these fake chats is a lie by omission and a significant loss of money for the user.