The online dating portal TemptingTown.com advertises as the perfect place to find a chat partner from thousands of connected profiles. Note that the site does not use the word “dating”, but only “chat”, which makes all the difference, as the chances of meeting a real person are virtually non-existent here.
Our evaluation reveals that the site uses a crude fake chat scam. This did not come as a surprise, as we have had some experience with this operator in the past. Our research for this review shows that the information on the landing page is misleading. Registration is free, but costs will occur for the use of the site, which cannot be avoided. Users must purchase “credits” to send messages, which will only be read by fake chat operators. This website is nothing but a rip-off with a fake chat.
We found 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.
In its Terms of Service (TOS), TemptingTown.com clearly acknowledges the use of moderators to encourage conversation trough fake profiles. However, most users find this to be deceptive as there is no possibility to actually date these individuals. As we see it, fake profiles are merely created to trick users into believing that they can actually have a date, while luring them into spending money in the fake chat. This experience is a clear rip-off.
The operator behind this unscrupulous cheeky scam is Meteor Interactive BV, a company based in Utrecht, in the Netherlands. This company has a terrible reputation on the web, as we found many negative reviews from former users complaining that this website is a blatant rip-off with a fake chat.
The costly “credits” system
If it were free, there would be no problem. But users must buy “credits” in order to interact with other members. That’s how the scam works, obviously. These credits are sold in packs. No matter how much you pay; a single message will always cost you at least $1! You may be rich, and decide that this beautiful woman is well worth the money. Unfortunately, spending a lot won’t increase your chances of getting a date, as the system only shows you fake profiles.