The online dating website TopLocalSingles.com initially looks like a great choice. The site offers free registration and promises to be home to thousands of singles who are seeking new dating adventures and wild flirts. For this review, we decided to give it a try, and thus created a test account. Furthermore, we thoroughly studied the terms and conditions and searched the internet for user experiences and reviews. Unfortunately, the site did not meet our expectations. It is nothing but a rip-off with a fake chat scam.
Horrendous costs for meaningless chats
Signing up and creating a personalized profile is 100% free, as promised. But to get in touch and flirt with other members, users must pay. A lot. First, they must purchase so-called “tokens”, which can be used to pay for sending messages in the chat. As each sent message costs between $0.90 and $1.50, chatting here can quickly become outrageously expensive. Also, users who wish to get full access to all features and photo galleries must additionally sign up for a paid premium-subscription. But these subscriptions extend automatically and can quickly end in a long and costly subscription trap.
Unfortunately, the high costs are not the only problem. According to the terms and conditions, the members’ area contains fake profiles, which are created and controlled by employed fake chat operators. Consequently, it is simply impossible to meet any genuine singles and arrange real-life dates via TopLocalSingles.com. Chatting here is only for entertainment. Sadly, many users are not aware of that.
Here are some excerpts from the Terms and Conditions
You do understand, acknowledge, and agree that some of the initial user profiles posted on this Website may be fictitious, and can be associated with our Website Hosts, (“Hosts”). The Hosts work for the Website in an effort to stimulate conversations with Users, in order to encourage further and broader participation in all of our Website’s services, including posting of additional information and/or pictures to the Users’ profiles.
You understand, acknowledge, and agree that the information, text, and pictures contained in the Hosts’ profiles do not pertain to any actual person, but are included for the purposes above stated and for entertainment only. Nothing contained in any Host profile is intended to describe or resemble a real person – living or dead.
A cheeky scam
As we see it, users are not sufficiently informed about the fact that the site’s members are fictional, and the professional fake chat operators are usually very skilled at luring users into long, expensive conversations. So, TopLocalSingles.com is clearly a rip-off. The company behind this scam is Bogato Group Inc, who are based in Provo, Utah.