ThroupleDates.com targets open-minded people who wish to fulfill their group sex fantasies. There is not much useful information on the landing page. To test the website, we read the Terms and Conditions in detail, created a simple profile, and conducted a little online research about the operator. Unfortunately, the legal terms were quite ambiguous, and the company has a dubious reputation for scamming their clients.
The operator of this platform is Sensate Inc, a company based in Boca Raton, Florida. According to our research, this company operates a network of dating websites. They have received several complaints about unjustified costs. In this case, the company tries to scam the users into paying for an expensive subscription. This is not the first time we have encountered this operator. Every single one of their platforms turned out to be a rip-off.
The Terms and Conditions reveal that the company creates what they call “Staff Profiles.” In other words, fictitious profiles managed by employees. Supposedly, these are created for testing the different features on the website, but our experience tells us we should be careful. This was confirmed when our test profile, with no photo or information whatsoever, started getting a lot of unexpected attention immediately after registration.
Furthermore, the text is quite ambiguous at times, stating that the platform is exclusively for entertainment purposes. Although there could be some authentic profiles on the platform, it is impossible for the users to know which ones are real. Finding out will also be quite expensive, since you need to upgrade to a risky paid subscription if you want to access your messages at all.
This excerpt is taken from the Terms and Conditions
We do not guarantee that all the profiles found in Search will belong to our users, as we reserve the right to create profiles which are maintained and managed by our employees (“Staff Profiles”).
Likely subscription rip-off
The cancellation process mentioned in the Terms and Condition sounds cumbersome. This is consistent with user reviews about similar platforms run by this operator. ThroupleDates.com advertises that they occasionally offer discounted memberships, which serves as bait for this scam. Our previous experience with Sensate Inc is that these subscriptions are in fact extremely difficult to cancel. So, they keep users paying for as long as possible.
The subscriptions are automatically renewed, and the terms for cancellation after the trial period are often impossible to meet. This means that the user will continue paying the full price for an expensive membership. Many reviews we found about this operator addressed unexpected charges to their credit cards.
Data protection issues
ThroupleDates.com claims that they do not sell user data. They only admit to sharing some information with other “reputable companies”, as part of providing their services. However, after examining the Terms and Conditions more closely, we see that Sensate Inc shares user data across their network of fake dating platforms.