Bad Dating Sites

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  1. Lioness1

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    Online Dating Service Agrees to Stop Deceptive Use of Fake Profiles.
    Posted on November 14, 2014 Leave a Comment

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    Note: Steve Baker, Director of the FTC’s Midwest Region Office, will take reporters’ questions by phone:

    Date: October 29, 2014
    Time: 2 p.m. ET
    Call-in: (800) 230-1951, confirmation number 341247
    Call-in lines, for news media only, will open at 1:45 p.m.

    In its first law enforcement action against an online dating service, the Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement that prohibits JDI Dating Ltd., an England-based company, from using fake, computer-generated profiles to trick users into upgrading to paid memberships and charging these members a recurring monthly fee without their consent. The settlement also requires the defendants to pay $616,165 in redress.

    “JDI Dating used fake profiles to make people think they were hearing from real love interests and to trick them into upgrading to paid memberships,†said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Adding insult to injury, users were charged automatically to renew their subscriptions – often without their consent.â€

    According to a complaint filed by the FTC, JDI Dating and William Mark Thomas operate a worldwide dating service via 18 websites, including, and The defendants offered a free plan that allowed users to set up a profile with personal information and photos. As soon as a new user set up a free profile, he or she began to receive messages that appeared to be from other members living nearby, expressing romantic interest or a desire to meet. However, users were unable to respond to these messages without upgrading to a paid membership. Membership plans cost from $10 to $30 per month, with subscriptions generally ranging from one to 12 months.

    Sample fake, computer-generated “Virtual Cupid†profile on one of defendants’ websites. (click to enlarge)

    The messages were almost always from fake, computer-generated profiles – “Virtual Cupids†– created by the defendants, with photos and information designed to closely mimic the profiles of real people. A small “v†encircled by a “C†on the profile page was the only indication that the profiles were fake. Users were not likely to see – much less understand – this icon. The fake profiles and messages caused many users to upgrade to paid subscriptions.

    In addition, the defendants failed to tell subscribers that their subscriptions would be renewed automatically and that they would continue to be charged until they canceled. To avoid additional charges, members had to cancel at least 48 hours before their subscriptions ended. Information about the automatic renewal feature was buried in multiple pages of densely worded text that consumers could see only by clicking a “Terms and Conditions†hyperlink. Consumers were not required to access this hyperlink as part of the enrollment process.

    The Commission’s complaint charges JDI Dating and Thomas with violating the FTC Act by misrepresenting the source of the communications from fake profiles and by failing to disclose the automatic renewal terms. The complaint also charges the defendants with violating the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) by failing to: disclose clearly the terms of the negative-option plan, obtain express informed consent before charging consumers, and provide a simple way to stop recurring charges.

    The settlement order prohibits the defendants from misrepresenting material facts about any product or service and, from failing to disclose clearly to potential members that they will receive communications from virtual profiles who are not real people. The order requires that, before obtaining consumers’ billing information for a product with a negative-option feature, the defendants must clearly disclose the name of the seller or provider, a product description and its cost, the length of any trial period, the fact that charges will continue unless the consumer cancels, the deadline for canceling, and the mechanism to stop recurring charges. The order also bars the defendants from using consumers’ billing information to obtain payment without their informed consent.

    The injunction also bars the defendants from misrepresenting refund and cancellation policies, and failing to disclose clearly the terms of a negative option plan – before a consumer consents to pay. In addition, the defendants are prohibited from failing to honor a refund or cancellation request that complies with their policies, and failing to provide a simple mechanism for consumers to stop recurring charges – at least as simple as the mechanism consumers used to initiate them.

    The order also prohibits JDI Dating and Thomas from violating the ROSCA and selling or otherwise benefitting from customers’ personal information, and requires them to pay $616,165 in redress.

    The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the complaint and proposed stipulated order for permanent injunction was 5-0. The complaint and stipulated final order were filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, on October 27, 2014.

    NOTE: The Commission authorizes the filing of a complaint when it has “reason to believe†that the law has been or is being violated, and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. Stipulated orders have the force of law when signed by the District Court judge.

    According to JDI dating also runs the following sites:
  2. cilia

    cilia New Member

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  3. Kat

    Kat Administrator Staff Member

    What does this have to do with the topic of bad dating sites? What is the question you have?
  4. doak scudder

    doak scudder New Member

    is the website is it a scam I need to find out my boyfriend has spent a lot of his money on this site to receive emails from these women on this site I wish he would stop and realize what he has right here with him someone that cares and wants to live her life with him find a path to take together that we will find away to be happiness and he could fall in love with me I have fallen for him deeper then then I should he only pushes me away I don't understand the choices he makes and why he wants to be with me if hes not happy if he wants someone else then why should I even be wasting my time you only live your life one time and the last five years of my life I don't know if ive wasted it being with him thinking there was a future with him but he don't want the same things I do I want to have another baby and he thinks hes to old I want to get married and he said its never gonna happen I want to be kissed and feel like he cant live without me and hes only kissed me two time in the last two years I don't want to feel not wanted I don't want to be hurt anymore I just want to love and for someone to love me too I wish he would open his eyes please help me and let me know if this site is about scamming and how to get him to stop do this on these dating sites
  5. Sphinx

    Sphinx Administrator Staff Member

    @ doak, it's probably a real dating but every dating site is full of internet scammers. Guys can keep falling for young pretty faces but the chances are that the face and the profile are not the same person. If your guy isn't working out for you I'd say it's time to make a clean break and move and find someone who appreciates you for what and who you are instead of some photons on a computer screen.
    toper01 and De Master Yoda like this.
  6. Marlene

    Marlene New Member

    When choosing a dating site better to go with premium accounts. Otherwise, scam may occur.

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