At first, SecretLoversNearby.com seems to be an ideal place to arrange a date in no time. The dating portal advertises with free registration. It offers interesting tools and features, an easy-to-use interface, and an extensive member base.
As usual, we have a closer look at the fine print and carefully read the terms and conditions. Unfortunately, we quickly find out that SecretLoversNearby.com is an expensive fake chat scam. The members’ pool is packed with fictional profiles, which are created and managed by the site’s employees. Therefore, it is basically impossible to ever arrange a real-life date on this platform.
We find the following note in the terms and conditions
You also understand that this is a fantasy entertainment Service and that (i) the profiles are fictional and your interactions will be with operators
Unfortunately, users are not sufficiently informed about the fact that the member profiles are fake. All relevant information is well hidden in the fine print. Also, the heart-icons, which are used to mark the fictional profiles, are rather ridiculous. First, they can easily be overlooked. Second, they are not self-explanatory and cannot be understood without additional information. As we see it, users arepurposefully tricked into believing that all members are real. After all, they are supposed to spend as much money as possible on the site.