The slogan is “All about the fun side of chatting. Meet more people, spark more conversations and have more fun!” The website also promises to be completely anonymous, safe, and secure, has hundreds of chat-matches for the user, and gives a preview of the members’ area. Sounds not too bad as a starter.
After the free and fast registration, the new members will be directed to the main member's area. Nothing special here, the usual search functions, previews of the members and a clean and easy to use interface.
The first impression, the nice slogans, and the various possibilities of using the portal, make the new visitor feel comfortable to be on a legit dating portal. Still, we know who is operating ChemistryCupid.com and start our search for evidence.
The internet is full of very bad testimonies, reports and reviews about the website and the company operating it. Former members complain about misleading and false information like "find interesting people, "free" and "fun side of chatting". Many also complain about the moderated chats on the portal.
We have a look at the terms and conditions and find evidence of a moderated chat
“PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE CONTENT PROVIDER MAY USE HOSTS THAT ARE EMPLOYED OR UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE CONTENT PROVIDER. THE HOSTS MAY SEND CONVERSATIONS OR OTHER COMMUNICATIONS WITH YOU AND OTHER USERS OF THE PLATFORM THAT ARE FICTITIOUS OR ROLE-PLAYING IN NATURE. HOSTS ARE DEPLOYED WITH THE PURPOSE OF STIMULATING INTERACTIONS WITHIN THE PLATFORM AND CREATING CONVERSATIONS WITH USERS.”
The trick is always the same. The operator is using paid employees, so-called moderators, to animate the newbies into lengthy and expensive conversations. Minutes after the free sign-up the new member will literally be bombarded with messages, texts, emails and chat inquiries. This is the point where the rip-off starts, and it gets expensive, because only the registration is free. If the new member wants to read and reply to the many messages from fictitious profiles, he needs to pay for each one of them.
The operator, D Support B.V., located in Zutphen, the Netherlands, manages an extensive network of online dating websites, all luring their customers into expensive upgrades of their basic accounts.