At first glance, 40sMeet.co.nz seems to be the perfect place for 40+ singles to meet like-minded people to date. They advertise that registration is free and easy, and that they are a reliable dating portal. Unfortunately, in our research we found that this is not true, and we cannot recommend using this platform.
We read through the user experience reviews about another Alpha Internet Services GmbH dating portal. Many of those remarked upon the large amount of seemingly fake profiles that they interacted with. When reading through the terms of service, we found that 40sMeet.co.nz uses what they call ‘animators’ to motivate and entertain users. These animators are fake chat operators, who cannot be met in real life and are hired by the website.
From the Terms and Conditions
The user/member is also aware that 40SMEET uses so-called animators to motivate users/members to communicate interactively. These are real people. However, the user / member is aware that he cannot meet the animators in real life. Both users and members can contact the animators at any time either write to them proactively or get contacted by them to communicate with them through the website. The user/member is also aware that a contact through the animator in forms of a visit may happen in the first days after registration when the contacts could be low.
Fictional users and chat
Operators create fake profiles to interact with users. Supposedly, the purpose of these fake profiles is to enhance the entertainment of members. But in our experience, they are used for attracting users, with invitations to chat. Thereby, luring them into purchasing an expensive subscription.
Upon registration, users are immediately greeted with messages, which appear to be real. This encourages users to quickly purchase a subscription. However, this is a trap. These messages were sent by fake chat operators. It is likely that the profiles shown on 40sMeet.co.z are almost all false. They have been created by the operating company; therefore, this website is a rip-off and a scam. This is not a likely place to find a date.
Likely a subscription trap
You purchase a subscription, to chat with other users and utilize the other features of the website. However, it will automatically renew, unless members cancel it in time. The window for canceling the subscription is quite vague, and easy to misinterpret. So, this could easily lead to a subscription trap. The operator of this website, Alpha Internet Services GmbH, who are based in Austria, is known on internet review forums for this scam.