On the landing page of OnlineSexMatches.com, we read that by registering, we also agree to receive newsletters, special offers and communications from computer generated virtual profiles. This is something quite normal on sites run by Safe Escape Ltd.
Our experience with this operator in the past has always been bad. This company seems to use all kinds of tricks to make customers spend as much money as possible. Therefore, we were not surprised to find that this operator uses a fake chat scam as well as a very tricky subscription rip-off.
The age validation is a subscription rip-off
The operator offers new customers the option to verify that they are over 18 years old and unlock all premium features for free. To verify their age, customers are asked to provide a valid credit card. The operator insists that this process will cost nothing.
However, when a customer verifies their age, they are also unconsciously subscribing to a 3-day free trial membership. Most customers will not realize that. It is only explained in small text at the bottom of the page. This free membership will renew into a monthly membership with a cost of 39.95 USD after the trial ends. Most customers will not be aware that they have subscribed to anything. They will end up paying for this costly membership which they never wanted. This is a classic subscription rip-off.
Apart from the dangerous subscription trap, users will also be victims of another scam. Most profiles on this site are computer-generated. Their sole intention is to persuade customers to pay for a membership. This is a fake chat scam, and it seems that this operator uses the same trick on all their platforms.
The following excerpt is from the terms and conditions
You may interact with content generated by, or with the assistance of, automated online accounts (“Bots” or “Automated Profiles”), where none – or substantially none – of the actions and posts of that Automated Profile are the result of, or arise in connection with, a natural person’s profile or otherwise User Content.