The online dating platform FlirtAndTease.com advertises a good offer. However, it turns out that the finer details of the offer are wrong or misleading. For example, registration may be free but the use of the website is not. After registration, a user will be charged to send a message.
On this site, a user’s message will only reach a fake profile. After testing, we believe this website is a rip off with a fake chat. This means that the profiles in the members pool are all fake and managed by fake operators. Those fake operators will entice the user to buy credits to continue a conversation. Credits are needed to send messages.
The problem is that the user is not made aware of the costs upfront. A new user will pay money to send messages to a fictional person without realising that they are conversing with a fake operator. The fake operators will not identify as a fictional person and a fake profile is not marked as such. A user is also not able to spot a fake profile independently.
A fake chat is mentioned in the terms and conditions
“5.2 FlirtAndTease.com has entertainment as its goal, it is explicitly not the purpose of FlirtAndTease.com to establish dates or meetings in person.
5.3 Gate Switch Development B.V. explicitly reserves the right to send messages on secretflirtisland.com through self-created profiles. These are fictitious profiles with which no physical agreements are possible.”
This website is operated by Gate Switch Development B.V. which is located in Deventer in The Netherlands. The company is well-known on the internet and to us. We have previously reported about another website of Gate Switch Development B.V. as this is by far not the only scam dating portal on the internet. All websites from this company use a fake chat and confusing information is used to entice the user to register. After the registration is done, the fake operators will do the rest.