At first sight, the online dating platform uDates.io looks like an excellent choice. It advertises with free registration and an attractive members area. Apparently, the site is a great place to find local singles, who are looking for matching partners in no time. However, after doing some research on the internet and after reading the terms and conditions of the dating portal, we cannot recommend anyone to register here. Unfortunately, the site turns out to be a rip-off with a fake chat.
In the terms and conditions of uDates.io, the operator of the site admits to using professional animators. They run fictitious member profiles, to communicate with the users. As these fake profiles are not marked as such, users assume there are real members behind them. Therefore, users are tricked into costly chats, which can never result in real-life dates.
We took the following excerpt from the terms and conditions
You are aware of the fact that uDates is making use of professional operators to animate other users and communicate with them. They will not be identified separately. This service is carried out in the highest quality and there will be no option of meeting these animators in real life.
The chat feature on uDates.io is unfortunately not free. To be able to send messages, users must buy so-called “coins”. These “coins” can then be exchanged for sending messages. This is rather expensive. Depending on which “coin” bundle users choose to purchase, the price for each sent message varies. The bigger the bundle, the cheaper each message is. But as there are no real people behind the chat, it is not worth a single penny anyway.
Moreover, skilled animators not only lure users into flirty chats they also keep the chats going for as long as possible. They are trained to get as many messages as possible out of each user. To achieve that, they usually make false promises, ask many questions, and pretend to be genuinely interested in the user. Users are hooked by the enticing chat and are willing to pay for it. The company responsible for this scam is SIA Battika, from Riga, in Latvia.