The website, i-HookedUp.com, operated by Meet Us Media LTD in Nicosia, Cyprus, presents an aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly design. Our exploration of the site began with the creation of an account, which, as indicated on the loading page, involves a straightforward process of providing personal details, email verification, selecting your location, and commencing chat interactions.
It’s important to note that while profiles on the site undergo email verification, the verification process does not extend to verifying user identities. This limitation can pose potential issues as it leaves room for the presence of minors. It may also contain fake accounts that are possibly linked to the company itself or attract malicious fake profiles. Relying solely on email verification may raise doubts about the site’s authenticity when it comes to facilitating genuine meetings and secure user interactions. Overall, it raises concerns regarding user safety.
The company operates system profiles (i.e., profiles connected to accounts created by the company and operated by its contractors 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 to enhance users’ entertainment experience. Physical contact with individuals behind such system profiles is strictly prohibited.
No real-life meetings
This experience offers little assurance of genuine online or offline hookups as users are essentially paying to communicate with fake chats. In addition, any real-life meetings are explicitly prohibited with these fabricated profiles. In essence, users are spending their money on a hollow and artificial form of interaction.
The Terms and Conditions of the platform explicitly disclose unethical practices conducted by the company. These practices involve the creation and operation of deceptive profiles that do not represent real individuals. What’s more, the company takes it a step further by assuming the personas of the people portrayed in these fabricated profiles and engaging in conversations with users while using these deceptive identities. Additionally, the company informs users that it may use these interactions between users and fake profiles to purportedly enhance the user experience, all the while strictly forbidding any physical contact with these fictitious profiles.
Furthermore, the company’s Terms and Conditions stipulate that if a user does not access their account for a consecutive period of ninety (90) days, any remaining coins in their account will be forfeited. This means that if for any reason, a user remains inactive on their account for more than 90 days, they will lose all the coins they’ve purchased and will need to repurchase them should they wish to continue using the site.
During our investigation, we uncovered a history of fraudulent websites associated with Meet Us Media LTD, which is based in Nicosia, Cyprus. i-HookedUp.com appears to be yet another addition to their extensive list of scam sites and fabricated chat interactions.