The online dating platform BDSMChat.co.za goes for a specific target group. It is aimed at South Africa’s BDSM and fetish-community. The website advertises with free registration, plenty of interesting features, and a large member base. At first glance, it appears to be a great place to meet like-minded people, who are interested in meeting up for some naughty BDSM-experience.
As usual, we needed to find out whether the site could be recommended or not. So, we created a free test account, studied the terms and conditions, then searched the internet for user experiences and reviews. Sadly, the results of our research were rather dispiriting. BDSMChat.co.za turned out to be a scam.
The free basic-membership is not very useful. The most crucial tool to get in touch with other members is the chat feature, but to unlock it, users are required to purchase a premium-membership. However, the offered premium-subscriptions are dangerous. They always extend with no notice, and must be cancelled on time to avoid recurring payments. Despicably, the site’s operator is infamous for making it extremely complicated for users to cancel them. This is done so that the operators can get as much money out of each customer.
Therefore, users can easily end up stuck in a what we call a “subscription trap”.
For entertainment and amusement purposes only
On top of the subscription rip-off, there is yet another major problem. The members’ area is filled with fake profiles, which are presumably created and controlled by the site’s staff. So, it is simply impossible to arrange actual real-life encounters with these “members”. As we see it, these fake profiles are solely used to lure new users into the paid membership subscriptions as quickly as possible.
The following statements can be found in the terms and conditions
The Site and Services are for Amusement Purposes
You understand and accept that Our Site and Services are to be used for entertainment purposes. You are not guaranteed that You will find a date, a companion, or an activity partner, or that You will meet any other user in person.
The operator of BDSMChat.co.za is Infinite Connections Ltd, from Quebec, Canada. This company is responsible for a vast network of untrustworthy dating websites. They have already received numerous negative online reviews and complaints from disgruntled customers.