We do some investigation on the internet, and it becomes clear that this dating portal is a rip-off. The reputation of the owner and the testimonies of former customers are bad.
First of all, we find out that the website has data leakage. When we see a landing page filled with numerous member profile pictures, we do a reverse image search. If you find the same image repeatedly used on other dating sites, you know that this is the first sign of a scam.
Sites like InstaBBWs.com take the pictures and the information you upload and re-use them to make fake profiles on their network of dating sites. We know this by reading the terms and conditions.
It clearly states
“By posting content to any public area of InstaBBWs, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to InstaBBWs an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully paid, worldwide license to use, copy, perform, display, and distribute such information and content and to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such information and content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing. Specifically you agree and acknowledge that your profile and related information and content may be utilized and displayed on other sites which are owned by related companies or authorized services providers ("Network websites").”
The second thing we do is check the fine print on the front page. On InstaBBWs.com, we found the term "Love Stars" just above the Submit button. It is a common term used on fraudulent sites to describe the fictitious profiles that they create.
Straight from the terms and conditions
“You understand, acknowledge, and agree that some of the user profiles posted on this site may be fictitious or models or bots related to our "Love Stars" (LS) program. You understand, acknowledge, and agree that the information, text, and pictures contained in the LS profiles do not pertain to any actual person or member, but are included for entertainment purposes only.” You further understand, acknowledge, and agree that, from time-to-time, LS may contact Website and Services users and members via electronic messaging, including for example, email, instant messages, and SMS, for purposes of encouraging further or broader participation in our site's Services and/or to monitor user activity.”
They admit they use fictitious/fantasy profiles operated by their site for entertainment and compliance purposes. It also says that these “Love Stars” may contact you by e-mail, instant message, and SMS for the purpose of encouraging further participation on the site.
The operator claims that they use this interaction to encourage full participation in the site’s services. However, we know that this is an excuse for creating fake profiles and sending you fake messages to make you think that you will have a real online dating experience.
The operator of InstaBBWs.com is Nautell Capital Ltd., located in Nicosia, Cyprus. The company is part of a network of dating sites that all share one database of user profiles.