The online dating website MyMatchGame.com advertises with free registration and appears to be trustworthy and reputable. The landing page is well designed, and the displayed profile pictures show attractive women, who are supposedly looking for new dating adventures. But as we scroll down to the footer of the landing page, we find an interesting note in the fine print. It says that the site uses fictional profiles to enhance the users’ “entertainment” experience, and that physical contact is not possible with these profiles.
In the terms and conditions, we find the following note
You also understand that this is a fantasy entertainment Service and that (i) the profiles are fictional and your interactions will be with operators.
The company hires operators, who manage several fictional profiles. They use these to communicate with the users. Of course, it is impossible to arrange a real-life date with a fictional profile. But as users are not sufficiently informed about the fake profiles, they understandably expect a real person to be behind each member profile.
A lot of money for nothing
Furthermore, the chat is extremely expensive. To be able to use the chat feature, users must buy so-called “credits”, which can then be exchanged for sending messages. Depending on which of the “credit”-bundles the user decides to purchase, one message costs between $1 and $1.50. But as the chat partners are fictional, and it is impossible to meet them in real life, the whole chat is a waste of money and time.
Skilled fake operators hide behind attractive fake profiles and try to lure as many messages as possible out of each user. With every message the user sends, the operator’s profits rise. The company behind this scam is well-known on the internet. Meteor Interactive B.V., based in Utrecht, in the Netherlands, runs a whole network of online dating websites, all of which use fake profiles to rip-off their users. Thus, the company has got a bad reputation and cannot be trusted.