Down-Under-Dates.com claims to be a good place to quickly find sex dates in your area. According to the landing page, all member profiles are manually reviewed to ensure a fake-free members’ pool. To find out whether the site is trustworthy or not, we create a free account and carefully study the terms and conditions. We also do some research into the site’s operator and search the internet for user experiences and reviews. Unfortunately, this dating portal turns out to be a rip-off.
Fake messages and fake profiles
Shortly after the free registration, users receive many enticing chat messages from alleged members. Because of our experience with online dating scams, we find these messages extremely suspicious. As we see it, it is extremely unlikely that they originate from actual members. Most likely, they are sent by an automated message system of so-called “chatbots”.
However, we cannot find any statement regarding chatbots or fictitious profiles in the terms and conditions. Therefore, proof for our assumptions is missing. Nonetheless, we strongly doubt that there are any real members on this website. It seems that the profiles are created by the site’s staff, for the sole purpose of luring new users into the costly chat.
The chat feature can only be fully used by paying subscribers. Users are forced to sign up for one of the expensive subscriptions. However, all subscriptions extend automatically and must be cancelled to avoid recurring charges. But the site’s operator is known to make the cancellation process extremely difficult and troublesome, to get as much money as possible out of each user. Consequently, Down-Under-Dates must be considered a subscription trap rip-off.
The site’s operator, Paidwings AG, from Cham, in Switzerland, runs a vast network of scam dating websites. They regularly receive negative reviews and customer complaints online. We strongly advise you to stay away from their websites.